ADVERTISING

Latest Photo Galleries

Signs of Tension Signs of Tension

Published on 04/11/2016

Rio: a City in Metamorphosis Rio: a City in Metamorphosis

Published on 11/19/2015

Brazilian Markets

10h47

Bovespa

+2,13% 79.141

16h43

Gold

0,00% 117

10h53

Dollar

-1,63% 3,7830

16h30

Euro

+0,49% 2,65250

ADVERTISING

11.8 Million Brazilians Are Illiterate; Rate Among Blacks Is Double the Rate Among Whites

12/22/2017 - 10h04

Advertising

LUCAS VETTORAZZO
FROM RIO DE JANEIRO

According to statistics released on Thursday (the 21st) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the number of illiterates in Brazil last year was 11.8 million.

The figure represents 7.2% of Brazilians who are 15 or older. The rate among blacks or people of mixed race was 9.9%, more than twice the rate when compared to whites (4.2%).

The statistics were collected for the education section of the Pnad household survey which is conducted throughout the entire country.

The institute has collected new data and expanded its coverage with regard to previous studies on illiteracy. A comparative analysis has yet to be released.

The unprecedented inclusion of a racial parameter led to findings demonstrating that in Brazil whites have more access to education than blacks. The study also identified a correlation between age and illiteracy.

The illiteracy rate among people who are 60 and over is the highest of all age groups, reaching 20.4%, or 6.07 million people.

The racial discrepancy also became apparent among elders. The illiteracy rate among blacks in the older age stratum was 30.7%, while the rate among their white counterparts was 11.7%

The upward trend in illiteracy among elders can be explained by the educational flaws of the past century.

The underlying reason for the discrepancy between blacks and whites is the fact that more blacks live in poorer parts of the country than whites.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

Read the article in the original language

Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress
According to statistics released by the IBGE, the number of illiterates in Brazil in 2016 was 11.8 million
According to statistics released by the IBGE, the number of illiterates in Brazil in 2016 was 11.8 million

You have been successfully subscribed. Thanks!

Close

Are you interested in news from Brazil?

Subscribe to our English language newsletter, delivered to your inbox every working day, and keep up-to-date with the most important news from Brazil.

Cancel