Saudi illiteracy rate drops sharply

January 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s illiteracy rate has fallen by 61 percent during the past nine years, the Arab News reported today, quoting a report released by the Ministry of Education. The Kingdom’s illiteracy rate now stands at around 7 percent, a sharp drop from the 18 percent illiteracy rate reported between 2005 and 2006.

The report noted that the Kingdom has achieved the goal set out at the Dakar Forum, held in Senegal in the year 2000, during which participants pledged to reduce illiteracy rates by 50 percent. This significant progress can be attributed to the targeted policies and illiteracy eradication programs enacted by the Saudi government over the past decade.