Task 1 (Bar chart) – Estimated world illiteracy rates by region and by gender

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The chart below shows estimated world illiteracy rates by region and by gender for the year 2000.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information below.

»You should write at least 150 words.

Model Answer 1:

The bar chart compares the ratio of uneducated population, divided by sex, in six regions of the world in 2000. Overall, illiteracy rates were the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab countries and South Asia and close to zero in developed nations. However, there were more illiterate women than men in all regions.

Men and women, unable to read or write, made up only 1% and 2% in developed countries. In comparison, the proportions of illiterate citizens in Latin America and the Caribbean were higher, 10% and 11%. In East Asia and Oceania, however, the gap was enormous; there were 20% illiterate females compared to 8% males.

As regards the other regions, Sub-Saharan Africa had much greater proportions of the unschooled population, 48% women and 30% men. A similar proportion was seen in Arab states, where illiteracy rates were 53% and 28% respectively for females and males. It is noticeable that more than half of their females and one-quarter males never received any formal education. However, South Asia stood out as having the worst illiteracy figures for both sexes; 55% females versus 34% males.

[Writtne by – Eynar Hajizadeh]

Sample Answer 2:

The column graph compares the illiteracy rates between both sexes in six regions of the world in 2000. A quick glance at the diagram reveals that more women were unlettered globally than that of men and the percentages of uneducated people in South Asia, Arab states and Sub-Saharan Africa parts were considerably higher than other parts of the world.

As is observed from the illustration, more percentages of women in different regions in the world were illiterate than that of men. Almost all of the citizens in the developed countries were literate in 2000 as the illiteracy rate in these countries was almost nill, 1-2 % to be more precise. The highest rate of illiteracy could be found in South Asia where more than half of women were not educated at all while more than one in every three males was also unschooled. Similar percentages of uneducated males and females could be found in the Arab and Sub-Saharan African regions and in all these regions the percentages of illiterate females were significantly higher than the uneducated males. On the contrary, the percentage of East Asian population who were literate was far higher than that of the South Asian population and yet the percentage of female illiteracy was more than double than that of males. Finally, the Latin America had around 10% unenlightened males and females and the gap between the unlettered males and females in this region was remarkably lower, similar to the developed countries.

[Written by Scott]

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