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Illiteracy impedes communication, even in "Advanced Nations"

Millions of Illiterates Pose World-Wide Threats to Economic Well Being!

Back in 1992, I wrote an article about how "several million people in the most advanced nations of Europe cannot read or write, according to an article in The European, a weekly British newspaper." (It was founded by Robert Maxwell and it lasted from May 11, 1990 until December, 1998).

The news paper stated that the economic performance of Europe may be severely hampered by "Europe's illiterate millions". Such illiteracy is not restricted to Third World nations. The most advanced countries have nothing to brag about.

The European also noted that the OECD, or the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, had pointed out that: "Illiteracy is a sensitive issue in the industrialized world, including the United States."

In a separate editorial, The European asked, "How can people be encouraged to communicate across national borders if they cannot read or write in their own tongue?"

-Compiled from "Shame of illiterate millions," by Kalpana Vora,
front page, The European, February 27-March 4, 1992.
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