100-year-old man returns to school to complete education in UAE

100-year-old man returns to school to complete education in UAE

Dubai - He possesses awe-inspiring dedication to lifelong learning.

By Web Report

Published: Wed 9 Jan 2019, 2:46 PM

Last updated: Wed 9 Jan 2019, 7:06 PM

In a moving portrait of dedication to lifelong learning, an Emirati man who's age exceeded 100 years has gone back to school.
The senior citizen can be seen reciting poetry in a classroom with other adult students.
Initiatives for adult learning and eradicating illiteracy among the older population abound in the UAE.
Watch this inspiring man below:  

According to statistics from the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO), the illiteracy rate among those aged 15 and over reached 21 per cent in 2018, compared to the global average of 13.6%.
The rate risks further increase in light of the conditions surrounding education in certain Arab countries.
Statistics reveal that illiteracy among Arab males reached 14.6%, while 25.9% of Arab females were illiterate.
In 2016, the Arab world was home to nearly 65 million illiterate individuals; the elevated rate is the result of early marriages, broken families and divorce, economic hardships, poverty, and unemployment.

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