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
The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets
Billboard - 2/27/2015 1:33:41 PM
Revenue gains in Spain and Italy are notable because of the size of the countries' economies. Spain and Italy have the world's 13th and 8th largest ... Broadband penetration and digital literacy is high. Swedish Songwriters Push for Fair Share of ...
Jordan's 'Philosopher Prince': Literacy Would Help Fight Fanaticism
NPR News - 2/27/2015 5:37:04 PM
Royal elder Prince El Hassan bin Talal talks to Robert Siegel about the country's role in fighting terrorism and extremism. He concludes that the Arab world needs more literacy to combat fanaticism. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.
Deakin University & WHO launch Health Literacy Toolkit for developing countries launched in India
India Education Diary - 2/23/2015 7:04:43 AM
The Health Literacy Toolkit was launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata ... People living in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, particularly those with little education, can have very poor ...
Study: U.S. millennials rank poorly against education, literacy levels of other developed countries
Red Alert Politics - 2/17/2015 2:49:58 PM
In literacy, millennials in the U.S. were better only than Spain and Italy out of the 22 participating O.E.C.D. countries. The U.S. millennial population includes both those with and without a college education, Inside Higher Ed noted. But even pulling ...
Economic Survey: Marked increase in female literacy; Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to address issue
Firstpost - 2/27/2015 8:04:24 AM
There has been a marked improvement in female literacy ... for International Students Assessment (PISA) which measures the knowledge and skills of 15 year-olds has rated Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh only higher to other States in the Country.
NEF Launches National Digital Literacy Initiative
Financial Content - 2/18/2015 3:24:34 PM
This public-private partnership provides schools world-class Digital Literacy Academies at no cost ... "Digital literacy is a requirement for middle school students in many countries. That is why the Federal NCLB (No Child Left Behind) law mandated ...
International students outperform American millennials, study finds
Daily Free Press - 2/20/2015 2:57:44 AM
“America’s Skill Challenge: Millennials and the Future” used data from the Programme for the International Assessment ... the United States and 21 other countries. The report measured three main skill sets: literacy, numeracy and problem solving ...
World Bank Group helps Tajiks increase financial literacy
Xinhua News Agency - 2/23/2015 1:52:44 PM
The teaching will be delivered via a variety of channels including television and radio, according to the country office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. A recent research on financial literacy in Tajikistan ...
Patricia Arquette and Equality Challenges for Women Around the World
The Wall Street Journal - 2/24/2015 7:20:50 PM
“[S]erious gaps and violations remain in every region of the world today,” U.N. Women ... Among the 900 million people who still lack basic literacy skills, more than 60% are female. * In more than 60 countries women lack the right to acquire ...
Local elementary school has students from 28+ countries
WISH-TV - 2/25/2015 10:18:36 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — To take a trip around the world ... the school’s literacy specialist. Of the approximately 700 students here, more than half are originally from somewhere else. “We have over 28 countries represented. We have 17 languages ...
Govt wants WB to focus on infrastructure in next country programme
The Daily Star - 2/21/2015 6:19:58 PM
The vice president of the World Bank for its South Asia region, Annette Dixon, arrived in the capital yesterday on a five-day visit. Officials said the WB's involvement in the country's infrastructure ... increased life expectancy, literacy, and improved ...
Pavcnik discusses international trade, labor
Dartmouth - 2/26/2015 7:15:29 AM
She noted that farmers in countries such as India ... other half was a product of increased international trade. She cited India as a counterexample, where increases in trade have led to declines in schooling and literacy and increases in child labor.
These are the math and tech literacy questions many Americans can’t answer
VentureBeat - 2/18/2015 8:36:33 AM
A new report finds that America is a terribly unequal place when it comes to math and technological literacy ... for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) gives a representative sample of adults from each country a computerized ...
Marked improvement in female literacy: Economic Survey
Daijiworld - 2/27/2015 10:20:24 AM
New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS): India has witnessed a marked improvement in female literacy, the Economic Survey said Friday ... education in India is below global standards. The Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) which measures the knowledge ...
New charity campaign launched by the KHDA
Gulf News - 2/23/2015 1:38:25 PM
Literacy and Creativity’ event. Dr Al Karam explained that to fulfil the national agenda goals, UAE students must be among the 15 highest performing countries in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and top 20 highest performing ...