Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of the Factbook. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Literacy map
No Countries In Sub-Saharan Africa Reached Global Education Goals
Modern Ghana - 4/22/2015 11:25:13 AM
All countries should ratify and implement international conventions on the minimum age for employment. Literacy policies should link up with community needs. Gender disparities at all levels must be reduced. Equity: Programmes and funding should be ...
Nepal earthquake: A shocking disaster in one of the most remarkable countries on earth
The Independent - 4/26/2015 4:28:17 PM
The Durbar squares, world heritage sites of Hindu and Buddhist temples ... in partnership with Nepali organisations. I’ve witnessed the country’s death rates halve and literacy rates double. My colleague Dr Naomi Saville has lived in Nepal for 20 ...
Sri Lanka — Explaining conflict set off by Western expectations
Lankaweb - 4/23/2015 12:18:18 AM
And today, according to Wikipedia’s “List of countries by literacy rate” the two nations ... However, Singapore is now classified in the developed world. Its literacy has risen to a rate of 95.9% . For physical quality of life indicators such ...
The Latest on Nepal Quake: Death toll 4,438 in 3 countries
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 4/28/2015 6:10:17 AM
The state isn't party to the cases, but has similar legal fights brewing. Financial Literacy Month * Federal Reserve Bank offers resources for educators, as well as parents and the public. ST. LOUIS • Parkway South shortstop Adam Dalton had a plan ...
UAE one of most hyper-connected countries on earth in 21st century
Emirates247 - 4/25/2015 10:10:04 AM
The world described by Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is already here: technology is completely woven into the fabric of everyday life. "The internet has vast untapped potential for countries to raise their global cultural profiles. Culture is key to ...
A 'Soccer World Cup approach' to tackling SA's literacy issues
timeslive.co.za - 4/27/2015 8:48:58 AM
To honour World Book Day, Yewande Omotoso caught up with SA's top librarian - and heard her ideas for a radical literacy revolution ... for minority rights in the conservative eastern European country. The British luxury car maker has shared details ...
‘The Power of Books to Change Lives for the Better’ – World Day
PRESSENZA - 4/26/2015 7:12:55 PM
Literacy is the door to knowledge ... 1995 and is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries by schools, public organizations and private businesses. With 175 million adolescents in the world – mostly girls and young women – unable to ...
Judging by index
The News International - 4/27/2015 2:15:15 AM
This refers to the news report, ‘Pakistan becomes 18th largest world economy: Dar’ (April 20). The fact is that Pakistan stands much behind other countries in terms of economic development, industrialisation, science and technology, literacy ...
Libraries Are Paving The Way For Cultural Unity
The Huffington Post - 4/28/2015 10:56:37 AM
Our country is a melting pot of rich cultures that are steep ... From bilingual story hours, cultural exchange programs/events, to national multicultural literacy events such as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (children's day/book day ...
World Book Night events across the North East
thejournal.co.uk - 4/20/2015 11:59:12 PM
But, from a literary perspective, it has become a bit more special since 2011 when publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers and others came together to work out a way of spreading their love of reading and improving literacy levels. World Book Night ...
Cuomo: NY is 1st state to offer English lessons by cellphone
The Miami Herald - 4/27/2015 1:39:28 AM
North Country and the Finger Lakes. Other languages could follow if the initial $14,000 program is extended. The state is working on the initiative with Cell-ED, a company that got its start using cellphones to improve literacy.
World Book Day: NGO Initiates Programme to Promote Reading in Nigeria
cp-africa.com - 4/22/2015 11:56:50 PM
According to Daniel, “Nigeria is one of the countries that has high illiteracy level. To promote reading, mass literacy must also be promoted. “Everybody should be able to read a book to expand their knowledge particularly books that are outside your ...
Supporting Canadians with Disabilities
IPD Group - 4/27/2015 3:58:27 PM
Literacy is a fundamental human right ... a hugely influential step that will encourage other countries around the world. This is a significant step to end the book famine for people who are blind and partially sighted." Almost 1 million Canadians live ...
Money Matters: Financial Literacy Month
newsplex.com - 4/21/2015 11:07:55 PM
... state of financial literacy in our country? To put it bluntly, we are illiterate when it comes to money. If our literacy rate (our ability to read) was as low as our financial literacy, we would be a third world country. And that is really sad ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff India Abroad - 6/14/2012 7:40:41 AM
As per the 'Global Financial literacy barometer', India is ranked 23rd among the 28 countries surveyed ... places that parents talk with their kids about money, says the Visa's International Financial Literacy Barometer. Click NEXT to read more...