ALGIERS- Illiteracy rate in Algeria has dropped by 22.3% while schooling exceeds 98% eight years after the launch of the national strategy for promoting literacy, the National Office for Literacy Tuition and Adult Education, which will celebrate Tuesday the International Literacy Day, said in a statement.
The Algerian body will mark, in Batna (435-km east of Algiers), the International Literacy Day, to be organized this year under the theme "Literacy and Sustainable Societies," the statement added.
In spite of the positive results it has achieved so far, Algeria has four million illiterates, most of whom women, hence the need to combine efforts between the concerned authorities and the civil society, including literacy groups.
There are seven national such groups in Algeria, in addition to 600 local groups.
Illiteracy rate worldwide declined by 17% as a result of the efforts made at the international level, according to UNESCO.