Does Colonialism Exert a Long Term Economic Impact on Adult Literacy?

Date: Feb, 2009
ODID Working Paper No. 176
Author(s): Arusha Cooray (University of Wollongong)

Examining the reason for differences in adult literacy rates across countries, this study finds that colonialism exerts a long term negative economic impact on literacy rates of the colonised. Investigating in particular, the effects of the French and British colonisation policies, the results of this study indicate that the colonial legacy remained long after independence, slowing down improvements in literacy rates in the former colonies. In conclusion it is noted that the implementation of policies that will ensure equal access to education for all is important.

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