Statistics on Literacy:
- Today, nearly 17% of the world’s adult population is still not literate; two thirds of them women, making gender equality even harder to achieve.
- The scale of illiteracy among youth also represents an enormous challenge; an estimated 122 million youth globally are illiterate, of which young women represent 60.7%.
- The 67.4 million children who are out of school are likely to encounter great difficulties in the future, as deficient or non-existent basic education is the root cause of illiteracy.
- With some 775 million adults lacking minimum literacy skills, literacy for all thus remains elusive.
"Respect for the rights of persons belonging to minorities is one of the values of the EU, however it is often disturbed"
According to the annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter 2015, prosecution of minorities remain alive in many places around the world, especially discrimination in education. The rights of people belonging to minorities around the world are constantly violated within the health care service systems, housing, and education. As a result women and girls make up two thirds of the world’s 960 million illiterate people ; whereas girls continue to be seriously disadvantaged and excluded from the educational systems of many countries; women and girls are denied access to high quality education and are forced to abandon their studies when they marry or have children. The report explicitly reveals that Roma people and in particular Roma women, continue to suffer from widespread discrimination and anti-Gypsyism, which feeds the cycle of disadvantage, exclusion, segregation, and marginalization.
Therefore, the MPEs encourage international communities, EU and its member states to provide protection for the minorities, to respect in full their human rights by ensuring the right to education, health care services, employment, housing and social protection. After all, access to education is an essential tool for empowering minorities and preventing future violation of their human rights.
 "Statistics | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization." Statistics | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.