An uneducated person is blind. Ignorance makes one blind despite having eyes. A person who is educated but is hard of seeing can see the world through education.
God has given us a body and intellect. This intellect must be developed. Education teaches us what to put in our intellect.
In Sanskrit literature, it is said:
Sāhitya sangīta kalā vihinaḥ sākṣāt paśuḥ pūcchaviśrahīnaḥ
Meaning: literature, music, and art – one who is devoid of these is similar to an animal without a tail and nails.
Education and literacy can truly lead to one’s progress. However, another thing that has been said is that literacy is not just how to read and write, studying special subjects and being more informed.
In Sanskrit it is said:
Sakṣarā viparitā rākṣasā bhavanti
If you read sakṣarā (meaning literate) the opposite way it reads as rākṣasā (meaning demon). If a person is literate and educated but walks against Dharma and society then the person becomes like a demon. The true meaning of literacy is that it imbibes good values and instils humanity in a person.
In India, the literacy rate is just over 74%. Males are more literate at a rate of 82% compared to women at 65%. The world literacy rate is 82%.