TEHRAN, May 10 (Mehr News Agency) - Director of nomadic department of State Ministry of Education here on Saturday said that there has been a 15.5% increase in the nomads' literacy rate over the past ten years.
In 1377 (March 1998-March 1999), 70.8% of the nomads between 10 and 24 years of age were literate, while in 1387 (March 2008-March 2009) it was more than 86%, Lotfollah Abassi said.
Literacy rate of the nomads aged 6 and over has changed dramatically during the past years, rising to 63% in 1387 (March 2008-March 2009) from 50% in 1377 (March 1998- March 1999), Abassi added.
He also said that literacy rate of the nomads between 6 and 19 years of age has also climbed to 82% in 1387 (March 2008-March 2009) from 69% in 1377 (March 1998-March 1999).
One in three Iranian nomadic' homes have cell phone
Last week, Abassi also announced that 33% of Iranian nomadic families own cell phone.
Based on the census figures for 1377 (March 1998-March 1999), only 43% of the nomadic families used radio, while in 1387 (March 2008-March 2009) their radio usage rate reached 62%.
No nomadic homes were equipped with computer system in 1377 (March 1998-March 1999), while figures for the last Iranian year of 1387 (March 2008-March 2009) showed that one percent of nomadic families use computer technology in their homes.
A number of 104 tribes now live across the country; 609,124 are men and 577,274 are women, Abassi said, explaining that the ratio of nomadic men to women is 106 to 100.
Nomads, with total population of 1,186,393, account for 1.7% of the country's over 70 million population, he added.
He referred to the increase in population of the nomads in Iran over the past ten years and described migration to cities and fall in pregnancy rate as the main reasons behind such a reduction.
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