News ID: 155077
Published: 1041 GMT July 16, 2016

Iran holds literacy courses for foreign nationals

Iran holds literacy courses for foreign nationals

Iran’s Literacy Movement Organization (LMO) intends to hold literacy courses for 13,730 foreign nationals, particularly Afghans, during the year to mid-March 2017, said the organization’s head.

Ali Baqerzadeh added that 24,090 foreign nationals have so far attended literacy classes in the provinces. He said seven percent of all activities of LMO pertain to foreign nationals.

Baqerzadeh added foreign nationals can attend literacy classes free of charge. “We have a joint program with United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR),” he said, adding the number of foreign trainees is set to increase.

He said earlier that the literacy rate among Iranians between the ages of 10 to 49 is 97 percent.

“Tehran, Mazandaran, Semnan, Alborz and Isfahan provinces have the highest literacy rate while Sistan-Baluchestan, West Azarbaijan, Kurdestan, Kerman and Lorestan have the lowest,” he said.

Baqerzadeh noted that 780 million people in the world are unable to read and write at all.

“Iran’s share of the world’s illiterate population is 3,456,000,” he said.

“Illiterate people are not allowed to receive a driving license and the licenses of uneducated people will not be renewed. Also, work permit will not be issued to such people,” he said.

Baqerzadeh said unlettered people cannot receive any aid from Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and State Welfare Organization.

Baqerzadeh said the rate of illiteracy has declined among Afghan refugees as well. “The literacy rate among Afghans was 6 percent and this figure has increased to 60 percent,” he said.

The deputy minister noted that non-governmental organizations, who identify and educate orphans and children suffering from bad parenting, will receive between 25 and 100 percent of the education costs.

Baqerzadeh called for uprooting female illiteracy, as women are primary trainers of children. “Women account for two-thirds of illiterate persons,” he said.

Dr. Ebrahim Ghaffari, the deputy head of Tehran’s State Welfare Department, said an agreement has been signed by NGOs, private charity organizations, social relief clinics and the department to identify dropouts.

“Education is every child’s fundamental right, but some children never find an opportunity to attend classes or drop out of school mainly due to poverty,” he said.

The agreement aims to identify and support such children to improve their livelihood and prevent them from being trapped in the poverty cycle.


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