In 1961, Fidel Castro closed Cuban schools for a whole year and formed teachers into a “literacy army” with the goal to eradicate illiteracy. By the end of the year, 707,212 previously illiterate people had learned how to read.
Antarctica has the highest literacy rate of any continent.
47% of the citizens in metro Detroit are functionally illiterate.
35% of America’s high school graduates are functionally illiterate.
Genghis Khan exempted the poor and clergy from taxes, encouraged literacy, and established free religion, leading many peoples to join his empire before they were even conquered.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara raised the Cuban national literacy rate from about 60-76% to 96% within a year.
Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%.