Literacy rate, youth female (% of females ages 15-24) - Country Ranking

Definition: Youth literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15-24 who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Moldova 100.00 2013
2 Poland 100.00 2013
3 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 100.00 2008
4 Uzbekistan 100.00 2013
5 Estonia 99.96 2011
6 Azerbaijan 99.94 2014
7 Italy 99.93 2013
8 Slovenia 99.91 2013
9 Libya 99.90 2013
10 Turkmenistan 99.90 2013
11 Cuba 99.90 2012
12 Tajikistan 99.88 2013
13 Singapore 99.88 2013
14 Armenia 99.88 2011
15 Latvia 99.87 2011
16 Lithuania 99.87 2011
17 Kazakhstan 99.87 2009
18 Georgia 99.85 2013
19 Belarus 99.85 2009
20 Cyprus 99.84 2011
21 Palau 99.83 2013
22 Ukraine 99.81 2013
23 Kyrgyz Republic 99.80 2009
24 New Caledonia 99.79 2013
25 Russia 99.76 2010
26 Croatia 99.74 2011
27 Macao SAR, China 99.69 2011
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.67 2013
29 Qatar 99.65 2014
30 Spain 99.64 2013
31 Chile 99.61 2011
32 Trinidad and Tobago 99.60 2013
33 China 99.59 2010
34 Brunei 99.55 2011
35 Tonga 99.51 2011
36 Portugal 99.48 2011
37 Botswana 99.47 2013
38 Samoa 99.46 2011
39 Argentina 99.44 2013
40 Malta 99.39 2011
41 Seychelles 99.38 2010
42 Greece 99.32 2013
43 Uruguay 99.31 2013
44 South Africa 99.27 2012
45 Serbia 99.27 2011
46 Costa Rica 99.26 2011
47 Brazil 99.23 2013
48 Jordan 99.20 2012
49 Saudi Arabia 99.14 2013
50 Lebanon 99.08 2007
51 Oman 99.06 2014
52 Montenegro 99.05 2011
53 Kuwait 99.04 2013
54 Albania 99.02 2012
55 Hungary 99.02 2013
56 Romania 98.98 2011
57 Mongolia 98.91 2010
58 Puerto Rico 98.85 2010
59 Bolivia 98.83 2012
60 Suriname 98.80 2010
61 Indonesia 98.75 2011
62 Turkey 98.74 2013
63 Colombia 98.72 2011
64 Jamaica 98.69 2013
65 Peru 98.68 2012
66 Ecuador 98.63 2013
67 Cayman Islands 98.62 2007
68 Equatorial Guinea 98.62 2013
69 Mexico 98.60 2013
70 Sri Lanka 98.59 2010
71 Mauritius 98.58 2011
72 Philippines 98.49 2008
73 Macedonia 98.49 2013
74 Paraguay 98.47 2014
75 Malaysia 98.46 2010
76 Cabo Verde 98.40 2012
77 Dominican Republic 98.25 2013
78 Venezuela 98.24 2011
79 Israel 98.05 1983
80 Iran 97.66 2012
81 Bulgaria 97.65 2011
82 Bahrain 97.58 2010
83 El Salvador 97.50 2013
84 Panama 97.34 2010
85 United Arab Emirates 97.00 2005
86 Vietnam 96.78 2009
87 Thailand 96.55 2010
88 Tunisia 96.32 2011
89 Honduras 96.29 2014
90 Myanmar 96.00 2013
91 Vanuatu 95.39 2013
92 Syrian Arab Republic 94.88 2013
93 Swaziland 94.75 2010
94 Guyana 93.67 2009
95 Zimbabwe 92.12 2011
96 Lesotho 92.09 2009
97 Namibia 90.62 2007
98 Egypt 90.33 2013
99 Eritrea 89.85 2013
100 Guatemala 89.77 2013
101 Gabon 89.43 2012
102 Algeria 89.14 2006
103 Nicaragua 88.84 2005
104 Burundi 88.11 2008
105 Comoros 87.12 2013
106 Sudan 86.28 2013
107 Cambodia 85.87 2009
108 Tanzania 84.85 2012
109 Rwanda 83.49 2012
110 Bangladesh 83.30 2013
111 Ghana 83.23 2010
112 India 81.85 2011
113 Uganda 81.65 2012
114 Kenya 81.63 2007
115 Iraq 80.57 2013
116 Nepal 80.21 2011
117 Solomon Islands 80.00 1999
118 Yemen 79.51 2013
119 Lao PDR 78.74 2005
120 Timor-Leste 78.57 2010
121 São Tomé and Principe 77.34 2008
122 Congo 76.95 2011
123 Papua New Guinea 76.82 2013
124 Belize 76.70 1991
125 Dem. Rep. Congo 76.66 2012
126 Cameroon 76.42 2010
127 Morocco 74.03 2011
128 Togo 72.71 2011
129 Guinea-Bissau 70.53 2013
130 Haiti 70.48 2006
131 Malawi 69.98 2010
132 Bhutan 67.96 2005
133 The Gambia 67.37 2013
134 Angola 66.67 2013
135 Pakistan 64.47 2012
136 Madagascar 63.97 2009
137 Zambia 58.48 2007
138 Nigeria 57.95 2008
139 Mozambique 56.54 2009
140 Sierra Leone 55.60 2013
141 Senegal 50.97 2013
142 Mauritania 47.71 2007
143 Ethiopia 47.04 2007
144 Chad 45.99 2013
145 Mali 39.01 2011
146 Côte d'Ivoire 38.75 2012
147 Liberia 37.17 2007
148 Burkina Faso 33.13 2007
149 Afghanistan 32.11 2011
150 Benin 30.79 2006
151 Central African Republic 26.97 2010
152 Guinea 21.80 2010
153 Niger 15.06 2012

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Development Relevance: Literacy rate is an outcome indicator to evaluate educational attainment. This data can predict the quality of future labor force and can be used in ensuring policies for life skills for men and women. It can be also used as a proxy instrument to see the effectiveness of education system; a high literacy rate suggests the capacity of an education system to provide a large population with opportunities to acquire literacy skills. The accumulated achievement of education is fundamental for further intellectual growth and social and economic development, although it doesn't necessarily ensure the quality of education. Literate women implies that they can seek and use information for the betterment of the health, nutrition and education of their household members. Literate women are also empowered to play a meaningful role.

Limitations and Exceptions: In practice, literacy is difficult to measure. Estimating literacy rates requires census or survey measurements under controlled conditions. Many countries report the number of literate people from self-reported data. Some use educational attainment data as a proxy but apply different lengths of school attendance or levels of completion. Ant there is a trend among recent national and international surveys toward using a direct reading test of literacy skills. Because definitions and methods of data collection differ across countries, data should be used cautiously.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Literacy statistics for most countries cover the population ages 15 and older, but some include younger ages or are confined to age ranges that tend to inflate literacy rates. The youth literacy rate for ages 15-24 reflects recent progress in education. It measures the accumulated outcomes of primary education over the previous 10 years or so by indicating the proportion of the population who have passed through the primary education system and acquired basic literacy and numeracy skills. Generally, literacy also encompasses numeracy, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. Data on literacy are compiled by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics based on national censuses and household surveys and, for countries without recent literacy data, using the Global Age-Specific Literacy Projection Model (GALP). For detailed information, see www.uis.unesco.org.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual