It’s hard to believe unless you live here but only one in four Brazilians can read to an advanced level.

Latest figures show that while illiteracy rates have been halved – only 6 % of Brazilians are today considered illiterate – many of those who do learn to read and write do so only at rudimentary levels.

That means most people can’t follow long or complex sentences and can only understand the most basic words and phrases.

Most frighteningly of all, only 62% of Brazilians who finish university and 35% of people who finish high school are completely literate, according to the INAF who published the results today in this study.

That is less than 10 years ago.