The Associated Press reported that about 250 million school-age kids from throughout the world cannot read, write or do basic math.

This information was found in a study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which also found that governments across the world lose $129 billion every year because of the lack of learning, AP reported.

"Teachers have the future of this generation in their hands," UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement, according to AP. "We need 5.2 million teachers to be recruited by 2015, and we need to work harder to support them in providing children with their right to a universal, free and quality education."

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