September 8th, 2005 · Posted By Sujata Gamage · 12 Comments
Today, September 08, is World Literacy Day. According to the UNDP’s definition, literacy rate is the percentage of people aged 15 and above who can, with understanding, both read and write a short, simple statement about their everyday life. In Sri Lanka we currently enjoy a literacy rate of over 96% , higher than that expected for a country with our income level. We have enjoyed high literacy rates for sometime. The question is why we have not moved much beyond basic literacy. Sri Lanka is small country with a high population density. Our natural resource endowments are grossly exaggerated….