Karl Lehrer from Ludwigshafen is one of about 7 million people in Germany who can't read or write properly. In a local adult education center he's now getting support in overcoming a deficit he's long kept to himself.
The German Archaeological Institute's mission to Egypt has found an ancient gymnasium that was used to train young Greek-speaking men in sports, literacy and philosophy. The group has been working at Watfa since 2010.
A unique "grandmothers' school" in Maharashtra, western India, teaches older women to read and write for the first time. But the initiative also highlights the odds that women's education is up against in the country.
Latrines that convert human waste into biogas aren’t just a renewable solution for fuel. A school director in Kampala says they also have benefits in health and literacy.
As the world marks UNESCO's International Literacy Day (September 8-9), you wouldn't think illiteracy would be a problem in a rich country like Germany. You'd be wrong. Millions of Germans are functionally illiterate.
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