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Over 250 million primary school children cannot read, write or do basic maths. Up to 120 million children have never been to school. This makes countries poorer. Countries lose up to $130 billion every year. The U.N. said there is a "learning crisis". In 30% of countries, 75% of primary school teachers do not have enough training.



Most children not going to school are girls. Countries are richer when girls go to school. Almost 66% of girls in some countries never go to school. In Yemen, just 36% of girls are literate. Girls in poorer countries will not be literate until 2072. In Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam, the number of children not going to school fell by 85%.

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Sources
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/kid-literacy-rate_n_4691196.html?utm_hp_ref=world
  • http://www.dw.de/unesco-report-higher-illiteracy-rate-more-waste-in-education-than-previously-believed/a-17393234
  • http://www.trust.org/item/20140130051043-gzad3/
  • http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/reports/2013/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

primary school

a.

never been to school

2.

read, write or

b.

countries

3.

Up to 120 million children have

c.

countries poorer

4.

This makes

d.

crisis

5.

Countries lose up to $130 billion

e.

children

6.

a learning

f.

enough training

7.

In 30% of

g.

every year

8.

teachers do not have

h.

do basic maths



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

children not

a.

girls

2.

Countries are richer

b.

go to school

3.

Almost 66% of

c.

going to school

4.

never

d.

until 2072

5.

In Yemen, just 36% of girls are

e.

poorer countries

6.

Girls in

f.

when girls go to school

7.

…will not be literate

g.

school fell by 85%

8.

the number of children not going to

h.

literate

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Over 250 million (1) ___________________ children cannot read, write or (2) ___________________. Up to 120 million children (3) ___________________ to school. This makes countries poorer. Countries (4) ___________________ $130 billion every year. The U.N. said there is a "(5) ___________________ ". In 30% of countries, 75% of primary school teachers (6) ___________________ training.

Most children not going to (7) ___________________. Countries are richer when girls go to school. (8) ___________________ girls in some countries (9) ___________________ school. In Yemen, just 36% of (10) ___________________. Girls in poorer countries will not be (11) ___________________. In Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam, the number of children not going to school (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Over250millionprimaryschoolchildrencannotread,writeordobasicmaths.U
pto120millionchildrenhaveneverbeentoschool.Thismakescountriespoore
r.Countriesloseupto$130billioneveryyear.TheU.N.saidthereisa"learning
risis".In30%ofcountries,75%ofprimaryschoolteachersdonothaveenought
raining.Mostchildrennotgoingtoschoolaregirls.Countriesarericherwhengir
lsgotoschool.Almost66%ofgirlsinsomecountriesnevergotoschool.InYem
en,just36%ofgirlsareliterate.Girlsinpoorercountrieswillnotbeliterateuntil2
072.InLaos,RwandaandVietnam,thenumberofchildrennotgoingtoschoolf
ellby85%.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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WRITING

Write about literacy for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner's paper.

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