Literacy rate, youth male (% of males 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 Azerbaijan 99.98 2014
5 Libya 99.96 2013
6 Estonia 99.94 2011
7 Italy 99.92 2013
8 Uzbekistan 99.89 2013
9 Singapore 99.89 2013
10 Tajikistan 99.86 2013
11 Cuba 99.86 2012
12 Lithuania 99.85 2011
13 Armenia 99.82 2011
14 Slovenia 99.81 2013
15 Cyprus 99.80 2011
16 Kazakhstan 99.80 2009
17 Latvia 99.80 2011
18 Belarus 99.80 2009
19 Palau 99.80 2013
20 Turkmenistan 99.77 2013
21 Georgia 99.74 2013
22 Ukraine 99.73 2013
23 Croatia 99.71 2011
24 Kyrgyz Republic 99.70 2009
25 Spain 99.69 2013
26 China 99.69 2010
27 Turkey 99.69 2013
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.67 2013
29 Russia 99.66 2010
30 Macao SAR, China 99.65 2011
31 Trinidad and Tobago 99.58 2013
32 New Caledonia 99.53 2013
33 Greece 99.48 2013
34 Portugal 99.39 2011
35 Albania 99.38 2012
36 Tonga 99.37 2011
37 Montenegro 99.36 2011
38 Serbia 99.35 2011
39 Saudi Arabia 99.30 2013
40 Kuwait 99.25 2013
41 Chile 99.21 2011
42 Brunei 99.20 2011
43 Bolivia 99.16 2012
44 Cayman Islands 99.14 2007
45 Oman 99.13 2014
46 Argentina 99.08 2013
47 Israel 99.05 1983
48 Samoa 99.03 2011
49 Romania 99.01 2011
50 Costa Rica 99.01 2011
51 Jordan 99.00 2012
52 Paraguay 98.91 2014
53 Puerto Rico 98.81 2010
54 Indonesia 98.80 2011
55 Macedonia 98.78 2013
56 Hungary 98.73 2013
57 Peru 98.72 2012
58 Bahrain 98.62 2010
59 Seychelles 98.59 2010
60 Ecuador 98.58 2013
61 Uruguay 98.56 2013
62 Mexico 98.53 2013
63 South Africa 98.50 2012
64 Malta 98.40 2011
65 Lebanon 98.40 2007
66 Malaysia 98.38 2010
67 Qatar 98.38 2014
68 Iran 98.33 2012
69 Brazil 98.25 2013
70 Tunisia 98.24 2011
71 Bulgaria 98.07 2011
72 Mongolia 98.02 2010
73 Suriname 97.97 2010
74 Panama 97.93 2010
75 Cabo Verde 97.87 2012
76 Colombia 97.76 2011
77 Equatorial Guinea 97.72 2013
78 Mauritius 97.69 2011
79 Sri Lanka 97.69 2010
80 Vietnam 97.40 2009
81 Philippines 97.02 2008
82 Yemen 97.02 2013
83 El Salvador 96.95 2013
84 Venezuela 96.89 2011
85 Syrian Arab Republic 96.77 2013
86 Dominican Republic 96.76 2013
87 Thailand 96.64 2010
88 Myanmar 96.26 2013
89 Botswana 95.73 2013
90 Honduras 95.05 2014
91 Vanuatu 95.00 2013
92 Algeria 94.38 2006
93 Guatemala 94.18 2013
94 Eritrea 93.66 2013
95 Egypt 93.65 2013
96 United Arab Emirates 93.63 2005
97 Jamaica 93.59 2013
98 Guyana 92.42 2009
99 Swaziland 92.19 2010
100 Dem. Rep. Congo 91.05 2012
101 Sudan 90.65 2013
102 India 90.04 2011
103 Solomon Islands 90.00 1999
104 Nepal 89.88 2011
105 Burundi 89.59 2008
106 Zimbabwe 89.59 2011
107 Lao PDR 89.19 2005
108 Morocco 88.83 2011
109 Cambodia 88.36 2009
110 Ghana 88.31 2010
111 Gabon 87.39 2012
112 Tanzania 87.17 2012
113 Togo 86.92 2011
114 Comoros 86.50 2013
115 Uganda 85.76 2012
116 Congo 85.68 2011
117 Cameroon 85.40 2010
118 Nicaragua 85.16 2005
119 Iraq 83.26 2013
120 Namibia 83.24 2007
121 Kenya 83.21 2007
122 São Tomé and Principe 83.06 2008
123 Rwanda 81.12 2012
124 Timor-Leste 80.49 2010
125 Pakistan 80.29 2012
126 Guinea-Bissau 80.08 2013
127 Bhutan 80.04 2005
128 Mozambique 79.84 2009
129 Angola 79.38 2013
130 Bangladesh 78.90 2013
131 Belize 76.14 1991
132 Nigeria 75.57 2008
133 Haiti 74.37 2006
134 Malawi 74.27 2010
135 Lesotho 74.19 2009
136 The Gambia 74.14 2013
137 Sierra Leone 73.02 2013
138 Zambia 70.31 2007
139 Papua New Guinea 66.65 2013
140 Mauritania 66.40 2007
141 Madagascar 65.91 2009
142 Liberia 63.45 2007
143 Ethiopia 62.97 2007
144 Afghanistan 61.88 2011
145 Senegal 61.11 2013
146 Côte d'Ivoire 58.33 2012
147 Mali 56.32 2011
148 Benin 54.87 2006
149 Chad 54.30 2013
150 Central African Republic 48.86 2010
151 Burkina Faso 46.73 2007
152 Guinea 37.57 2010
153 Niger 34.53 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