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
11 Least Educated Countries in the World
INSIDER MONKEY - 5/19/2015 2:46:26 AM
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UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment
United Nations Development Program - 5/21/2015 8:37:48 PM
The classification of LDCs is contingent on a number of key human development indicators, including levels of poverty, literacy ... as a country remains an LDC. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve ...
Rockwood students aim to fight hunger in Third World countries
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/19/2015 10:53:12 AM
Kenya’s literacy rate is particularly high because the government ... Because she came from a poor village in Kenya, she knows how life in the Third World country of Kenya is. Zellipah got a good education and moved to America. Eventually she got a ...
India has more illiterates than anywhere in the world—partly because of a preference for sons
Quartz - 5/22/2015 4:58:53 AM
India is home to the world’s largest population of illiterates. And part of the blame, according to a new study, may lie in the country’s preference for ... does not have much effect on children’s literacy or health in a rich family.
World Bank announces $5bn drive to improve quality of global education
theguardian.com - 5/18/2015 4:52:18 PM
The announcement comes a day before leaders from 160 countries gather in South Korea for the World Education Forum ... early childhood care and education, and adult literacy.” Kim said he hopes to replicate the success the bank has had using the same ...
Dollar General Literacy Foundation announces Atlanta area grant awards
Atlanta Daily World - 5/22/2015 1:41:26 PM
“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has to nearly six million people,” said Rick ...
ProLiteracy Announces Conference on Adult Literacy in Charleston, S.C.
StreetInsider - 5/22/2015 5:56:09 AM
When individuals the world over learn how to read ... and creating public awareness for adult literacy. Low literacy has become such a serious problem in our country that 36 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.
Financial inclusion, financial literacy & role of technology
Economic Times - 5/16/2015 11:46:51 AM
One of the biggest components of financial inclusion is financial literacy ... the country has proved that technology can go a long way to bridge the divide. Why it also helps is that if allows information to be democratized. In the financial world ...
Speech by World Bank Managing Director and COO Sri Mulyani Indrawati at Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meetings
The World Bank - 5/19/2015 9:44:36 PM
Middle income countries are home to five of the world’s seven billion people ... deepening capital and bond markets; lack of financial literacy; low-quality education; lack of skilled labor; social inequality; a need for competitiveness, trade and ...
'Zimbabwe leads Africa with an adult literacy rate of over 90%.' True or false?
rdm.co.za - 5/22/2015 1:19:57 PM
Countries measure literacy differently But using this data to rank countries ... told Africa Check that one of the problems with international comparisons is that “countries apply different definitions of what it means to be ‘literate’”.
World Bank to invest $5bn in result-based learning
The Sun - 5/22/2015 12:41:11 AM
But the new global goal for 2030 is not only to get all the remaining children in school but to also make sure they are learning the literacy ... period (2000-2015), the World Bank Group said it fulfilled its promise that no country with a credible ...
Improving Millennials' Financial Literacy With Mobile Technology
The Huffington Post - 5/13/2015 1:20:29 AM
On April 15, the 2015 Financial Literacy Summit, co-hosted by Visa Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, brought together senior international financial ... who indicated that half of her country's population is under age 21, facing "revenue ...
World Bank Doubles Results-Based Financing for Education to USD 5 Billion
The New Indian Express - 5/18/2015 11:51:39 AM
a World Bank Group statement said on Monday. More than 160 countries are meeting in South Korea this week to discuss a new goal and framework for action on education for the next 15 years. This will be part of the Sustainable Development Goals to be ...
World Bank Group Offers US$5 Billion For Education Financing
Spy Ghana - 5/18/2015 1:39:01 PM
The new global goal for 2030 is not only to get all the remaining children in school but also make sure they are learning the literacy ... MDGs period (2000-2015), the World Bank Group fulfilled its promise that no country with a credible education ...
Telling Our Stories Report Shows Gains In Adolescent Literacy
The Street - 5/19/2015 3:46:41 PM
The work of the six organizations was funded by a $33 million adolescent literacy ... serves around the world. The Walmart Foundation grants profiled here have benefited thousands of students in the most disadvantaged schools in the country," said Kathleen ...