The Asia-Pacific region has seen great progress in adult literacy rates between and During this period, adult literacy rates rose from.
goal of reducing adult illiteracy rates by 50% between and . In Southern Asia, the adult literacy rate rose from 46% in to 72%.
This is a list of countries by literacy rate. The figures represented are almost entirely collected Over 75% of the world's million illiterate adults are found in South Asia, West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and women represent almost.