School Food Programs in Middle East Successful, Have Additional Benefit of Boosting Enrollment, Gender Equity
"The success of school feeding programmes in Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia has inspired poor countries such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq to introduce similar initiatives for improving the health, nutrition and education of school-age children. The provision of food fortified with micronutrients provides nutritional support and alleviates short- term hunger for school children in the most food insecure areas of these countries."
Functional Literacy Programs and regional cooperation help some South American countries prepare for youth bulge
A combination of simple and low-cost, information technology, community participation, and continuous training has effectively reduced functional illiteracy rates in Cuba, and it holds promise for Latin America, where a coming youth bulge combined with functional illiteracy could radically hurt economic development and participation in democratic governance. Regional cooperation seems to be helping Bolivia, and more coordination could bring huge gains.
Sources:FORO Nacional/Internacional, April 2011, page 6-7: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/FORO_Apr2011_Letter.pdf#page=6
Functional literacy programs in Nigeria
"Survival in the current 'information age' requires West African leaders to re-evaluate and give special attention to educational quality and retention of pupils in school. Extension of education to minorities (including girls) and inclusion of adult education in national planning are essential, fundamental for social change and development."
Sources:CDD West Africa Insight, August 2010: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Aug2010.pdf
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Rural displacement impacts literacy rates
As rural indigenous populations are being displaced by large-scale mono-culture agriculture in Bangladesh, the country can expect a drop in their literacy rates:
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, Asian Horizons, Issue No: 8, October 2010. Page 6.