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PCBS | On the Eve of International Literacy Day, 8th of September

 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)

 On the Eve of International Literacy Day, 8th of September

Illiteracy rates dropped in Palestine from 13.9% in 1997 to 4.1% in 2012

Illiteracy rates among individuals aged (15+ years) in Palestine fell in the period 1997-2012 from 13.9% to 4.1%. The illiteracy rate varies considerably between the sexes: 1.8% for males compared to 6.4% for females. For males, it decreased from 7.8% in 1997 to 1.8% in 2012, while for females it decreased from 20.3% to 6.4% over the same period.

In Palestine, there were 104,487 illiterate individuals aged (15 + years) in 2012: 71,126 of them in the West Bank and 33,361 in Gaza Strip, of which 23,393 males and 81,094 females, and were distributed as follows: 71,862 in urban localities, 22,041 in rural localities, and 10,584 in refugee camps. Also illiterate individuals aged (15+ years) distributed by age group: 61,058 among individuals aged (65+ years), 43,429 among individuals aged between 15-64 years.

Illiteracy rates vary according to locality type. Illiteracy rates in urban localities decreased from 12.4% in 1997 to 3.9% in 2012, from 16.9% to 4.9% in rural localities, and from 13.5% to 4.1% in refugee camps over the same period. In 2012, and the same illiteracy rate among males was in rural localities and in urban localities (1.8%), followed by males in refugee camps (2.2%). Female illiteracy rates were highest in rural localities (8.6%), followed by refugee camps (6.3%), and urban localities (6.1%).

The highest illiteracy rate of 48.7% was among individuals aged (65+ years) compared with other age groups, while it was 0.7% among individuals aged 15-24 years.

The highest illiteracy rate in 2012 among individuals aged (15 + years) was in Jerusalem governorate (6.1%), followed by Tubas governorate at (5.7%). The lowest rate was in Gaza governorate (3.1%). followed by Nablus governorate (3.3%).