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Democracy and Illiteracy Don’t Move Together


  1. Introduction
  2. Democracy and its various forms

  • Direct democracy.
  • Representative democracy.
  • Constitutional democracy.
  • Monitory democracy.

  3. What is meant by illiteracy and what are its basic types?

  • Functional illiteracy(incompetence in such basic functions as reading, writing, and mathematics)
  • Cultural illiteracy(lack of basic information needed to thrive in the modern world)
  • Moral illiteracy(absence of moral and religious values from educational institutions)
  • Healthcare illiteracy(inability to comprehend and use necessary medical information)

  4. Facts that prove that democracy and illiteracy do not move together

Various facts represent the reality that democracy and illiteracy and democracy don’t move together. Some of them are:

  • Illiterate voters elect unsuitable political candidates as leaders
  • Illiteracy favors low voters’ turnout
  • Illiterate politicians don’t respect the democratic rights of people
  • Illiteracy leads to a short-sighted approach in decision-making circles
  • Illiteracy discourages devolution of power and authority
  • Illiteracy leads to poor political accountability
  • Illiteracy assents backwardness and marginalization of women
  • Illiteracy leads to the unskilled labor force
  • Illiteracy discourages the process of political evolution
  • Illiterate masses do not demand transparency in Govt. affairs
  • Illiterate people don’t raise voice against injustices in society
  • Illiteracy favors gender bias and results in inequality
  • Illiteracy promotes extremism resulting in a dangerous atmosphere for minorities
  • Illiterate people are more vulnerable to the health crisis
  • Illiteracy discourages technological advancements
  • Illiteracy gives space to a social crisis like unplanned population growth, drug abuse, unemployment, and economic deprivation
  • Illiteracy doesn’t approve of political harmony and widens the class divide

     5. Factors responsible for the widespread prevalence of the menace of illiteracy

  • The flawed approach in policymaking
  • Poor implementation of social development plans
  • Budgetary constraints
  • Population explosion
  • War-mongering and terrorism
  • Stereotypical beliefs
  • Cultural barriers
  • Shortages of financial resources
  • No preference for education
  • Corruption and lack of meritocracy

    6. Recommendations for increasing the literacy that leads to stronger democracy

  • Devising sharply focused policies
  • Prioritizing education sector
  • The proactive role of mainstream and social media
  • Encouraging women participation in different fields
  • Motivating and sensitizing the parents about the importance of education
  • Financial and social support for poor children
  • Educating the people about their basic political and constitutional rights
  • Removal of religious, racial, and class-based discrimination
  • Role of developed states and international forums in improving the literacy rates
  • Awareness campaigns to eliminate social and cultural barriers about girls’ education
  • Poverty-alleviation programs
  • Provision of qualitative and technological skills to youth
  • Eradication of bad governance and corruption

     7. Conclusion

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