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The Growing Illiteracy in Central Asia: A Challenge for the EU. EUCAM Commentary No. 6, 7 December 2009

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  • Central Asia
  • Economics


Officially, the Central Asian states continue to have the same literacy rates as under the Soviet regime, which is about 99% of the population. The reality of the situation is altogether different. Figures provided by UNICEF reveal a significant drop in enrollment in primary schools in over little more than a decade. It will weigh heavily on the future of Central Asia in a world in which the mastery of knowledge is one of the drivers of economic development.

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