Literacy Rate Illiterate Population
76.0 % 10.6 million
source :  2000 figures estimated by UNESCO Institute for Statistics, July 2002

National Literacy Goals
YEAR 2005 2010 2015
Total adult literacy rate (%) 85.2 89.1 92.1
Female adult literacy rate (%) 82.6 87.7 91.7
Male adult literacy rate (%) 87.7 90.5 92.5

Definition of a Literate Person

A person is literate who can with understanding both read and write a short simple statement on his/her everyday life.

Name of National Literacy Agency

Literacy Movement Organization

"Literacy Facts and Figures" of Islamic Republic of Iran
Structure of National Literacy Agency

Number of NGOs working in the field of literacy ...
Number of literacy classes in most recent year 60,000
Number of classroom hours designated to achieve basic literacy 488

National Policies and Strategies
National Policies on Literacy / Non-formal Education in Latest Policy Document on Education
Prevent growth of illiteracy and educate school-aged children who are out of school.
2. Promote basic literacy in order to eradicate illiteracy.
3. Develop continuing education for increasing learners' awareness and their competence and abilities.

Transform literacy-based instruction and establish adult education programmes.

Current Literacy / Non-formal Education Objectives /Strategies
1. To continue promotion of quality education.

To increase knowledge and competencies of manpower.


To develop literacy and learning materials for learners and neo-literates.


To strengthen non-contact and semi-contact education with focus on self-learning and self-reliance.


To strengthen local and regional units for producing literacy materials.


To develop functional education in order to improve learners' individual and social life.


To establish study groups for semi-literates.


To organize income generating and job creating units for neo-literates.


To improve inter-sectorial co-operation and offer core messages on different issues.


To educate widely through mass media.

1. Full coverage of school-aged children and out-of-school youths.
2. Designing functional basic literacy programmes/activities.
3. Focusing on public participation and government's co-operation in literacy and post-literacy, and giving priority to literacy activities.
4. Regarding continuing education process as an efficient and useful programme in its different aspects.
5. To create income generation activities through continuing education.
6. Considering learners' diversities and variety of their needs, gearing towards decentralisation and implementing local and regional programmes.
7. Executing applied research and utilising its findings to improve literacy activities.
8. Implementing national and local workshops on planning and producing reading materials.
9. Developing and distributing reading materials among neo-literates.
10. Creating an environment for group work among neo-literates.
11. Planning non-contact and semi-contact education and orientation towards self-learning programmes.
12. Producing local and national publications for neo-literates.
Lessons Learned from Past Literacy Programmes and Activities

[Updated in April 2003]

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