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, 2014See also: Literacy map
International Literacy Association Convenes Global Literacy Community at ILA 2016 Conference & Exhibits
prnewswire.com - 6/28/2016 1:07:18 PM
The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries. With 60 years of ...
India ranked 105th out of 130 countries on global human capital index
The Indian Express - 6/28/2016 11:27:05 AM
“Although the country’s educational attainment has improved markedly over the different age groups, its youth literacy rate is still only 90 per cent (103rd in the world), well behind the rates of other leading emerging markets,” it added.
Higher skills likely to bring more pay in S’pore than in other countries: Survey
Today - 6/28/2016 9:14:04 PM
SINGAPORE — Employees with a higher level of skills, such as in literacy and numeracy, are more likely to draw higher wages in Singapore compared with other countries ... by the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies ...
How many of the 10 fattest countries are Muslim?
Muslim Village - 6/23/2016 2:24:49 PM
It’s no secret that the world has been consistently getting more and more ... other issues that the United States struggles with when compared to similar western countries, such as literacy, equality, and safety. The good news for the United States ...
India ranks below 100 countries on human capital index
businessinsider.in - 6/28/2016 11:41:24 AM
"Although the country's educational attainment has improved markedly over the different age groups, its youth literacy rate is still only 90 per cent (103rd in the world), well behind the rates of other leading emerging markets," said the report.
Least Developed Countries’ Vulnerabilities Make Graduation Difficult
Inter Press Service - 6/25/2016 2:33:47 AM
The main goal was to understand the lessons learnt by the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) over the past five years ... secondary school enrolment rates, and adult literacy. But we did not exceed the threshold for the third criterion, the ...
World Literacy Rates by Country
PBS - 7/18/2011 11:54:15 PM
To view more comprehensive information on the state of education in Colombia, as well as other countries, visit the UNESCO Institute for Statistics page. Want to help improve literacy in Colombia, the United States and around the world? Visit the Take ...
GSMA ranks the world’s access to the mobile internet (with a little help from OpenSignal)
opensignal.com - 6/27/2016 9:05:07 AM
The GSMA, however, found that mobile infrastructure wasn’t the determining factor in calculating Australia’s world-leading index score. In fact, several other countries including ... issues ranging from adult literacy to gender inequality.
NZ fourth in world literacy: OECD
NZCity - 6/28/2016 7:12:23 PM
13th in numeracy and fifth in problem solving with technology when compared to other OECD countries. That ranking compares to 12th place in 1996 for literacy and shows numeracy at about the same ranking as two decades ago, according to the Minister for ...
Study: Swiss among world’s most socially progressive
The Local - 6/29/2016 9:24:13 AM
the index named Finland as the most socially progressive country in the world. Placing fifth after Canada (2nd), Denmark (3rd) and Australia (4th), Switzerland scored particularly highly for water and sanitation facilities, adult literacy rate and safety ...
India Ranked 105th Out Of 130 Countries On Human Capital Index, Finland Tops
NDTV - 6/28/2016 8:23:58 PM
"Although the country's educational attainment has improved markedly over the different age groups, its youth literacy rate is still only 90 per cent (103rd in the world), well behind the rates of other leading emerging markets," it added. "India also ...
Survey: Israelis Don’t Read Good, Don’t Count So Good Either
Jewish Press - 6/29/2016 12:30:20 PM
Israeli grownups are less skilled than most citizens of the industrialized countries in math ... and Development Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies for 2014-2015. In reading literacy, the average score in Israel is 255 compared ...
Broadway neighborhood model increases literacy, graduation rates collaboratively: Kurt Karakul and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter (Opinion)
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 6/29/2016 7:44:00 AM
The early results, based on benchmarks, are quite promising: healthier kids and families; quality, stable, affordable housing; and improved school attendance and literacy ... in fixing the basics in one of the country's poorest zip codes: Kurt Karakul ...
UN says over 69 million children will die by 2030 due to poverty
newdelhitimes.com - 6/29/2016 11:11:35 AM
The aid agency has called on all countries ... message into a world that is more hostile,” especially to migrants and refugees, including millions of children. The report also stressed that poverty was a huge obstacle in ensuring literacy among women ...