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
Literacy advocate wins Rubenstein prize, but teaching the world to read remains a challenge
Washington Post - 10/10/2014 12:30:39 PM
Room to Read CEO Erin Ganju accepts the Rubenstein Prize, one of the Library of Congress’s literacy awards ... in seven countries in Asia and three countries in Africa. Room to Read’s main goal is to teach the world’s 126 million illiterate children ...
International Skill-based literacy development and material designer
ReliefWeb - 10/22/2014 2:32:25 PM
Afghanistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of literacy with around 64% of Afghanistan ... Experience working with multiple stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental, international organisations) · Work experience in Afghanistan ...
ZODML partners Lagos to boost literacy
The Nation - 10/22/2014 10:46:21 PM
Speaking on the proposed partnership, Mrs. Ifeoma Esiri, CEO of ZODML, said that in Nigeria every day should be World Literacy Day as the country could not afford to think about and focus on literacy on only one day in the year. The four new school ...
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement
Christianity Today - 10/22/2014 2:18:06 PM
Last Friday, I posted part one of my "Biblical Literacy by the Numbers" series ... We don't seem to be very Christlike to a watching world. So what do we do about it? There are several things we can do to reverse biblical illiteracy here in America.
Germany by numbers: A look inside Europe's economic powerhouse
CNN - 10/15/2014 11:59:04 PM
However, today the country ranks as the world's fourth largest economy, with one of the lowest unemployment rates, and one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Click through the slides of CNN's infographic above to see Germany by numbers ...
Lakeshore® Teams Up with Jumpstart to Set a World Reading Record
Yahoo Finance - 10/14/2014 12:33:04 PM
"Every fall, Jumpstart's Read for the Record comes alive in communities across the country, thanks to partners ... to celebrate literacy and to join together to help break the world reading record. It's one of my favorite days of the year, and Jumpstart ...
Leo Burnett's Rich Stoddart shows how brands can empower girls, promote literacy and foster world peace (videos)
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/17/2014 5:55:48 AM
and make a friend in the other country. "The whole idea of actually touching hands, it's like communicating with each other without words," one participant commented. "A moment of happiness has the power to bring the world together," it said at the end.
Missouri college professor reaches out to quarantined students in Liberia
Daily Journal - 10/17/2014 4:22:44 AM
Liberia's literacy levels are so low, communication must be swift and easy to understand for both adults and children in the west African country fighting the Ebola outbreak. Saul visited Liberia in January as president of the International Book Bank ...
Threshfield Primary pupils join world-wide literacy scheme
Craven Herald - 10/23/2014 2:13:56 AM
YEAR five and six pupils at Threshfield Primary School are polishing up their writing skills to appeal to a world-wide audience. They are taking part in the Lend Me Your Literacy scheme - now in 100 countries - where children 'publish' their work online ...
RSVP OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Volunteering to improve adult literacy
Montgomery News - 10/18/2014 6:54:52 PM
According to ProLiteracy data from February 2011, adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socioeconomic issue in the United States. An educated adult equals the difference between lost possibilities and a world of possibilities. This country ...
Michelle Nunn promotes literacy during reading event at Martin Luther King Elementary
Albany Herald - 10/17/2014 3:39:48 AM
Calling herself a proponent of education and literacy, said the focus of her latest trip to south Georgia was about engaging students. “Our country must have an educational ... best educational foundation in the world.” Nunn and Perdue will engage ...
Government of Canada Consults on the National Financial Literacy Strategy
StreetInsider - 10/17/2014 11:10:46 AM
Today, Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson, Canada's Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney and Member of ... private and non-profit sectors will take part in in-person sessions across the country. All Canadians are encouraged to submit their ...
Managing Our Money: Room for Financial Literacy
The Ledger - 10/12/2014 2:26:59 AM
That half-credit course teaches students about "the national and international economic systems ... This year, Florida became the first state in the country to follow the National Standards for Financial Literacy. According to the Council for Economic ...
Time to rejuvenate pan literacy
Trinidad Express Newspapers - 10/10/2014 8:05:47 AM
Yet this detail marks a noteworthy advance that defines just one reason for celebration this month of the tenth anniversary of the Music Literacy Trust ... professionalism in the modern world demanded a less laissez-faire approach. Fortuitously, vision ...