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
The U.S. Ranks 14th In Financial Literacy
Investopedia - 12/1/2015 7:46:41 PM
The U.S. is home to more millionaires and billionaires than any other country in the world, but the average American falls behind when it comes to financial literacy. According to Financial Literacy Around the World, a new Standard and Poor's Rating ...
Why Israel Is One of the World's Most Financially Literate Nations
The Jewish Daily Forward - 11/25/2015 11:57:11 PM
“What I think [the survey] really shows is not just that the level of financial literacy is low around the world,” Lusardi said, “but also that there are large differences across countries. We can also understand who are the vulnerable groups when it ...
International Skill-based literacy curriculum development and material designer
ReliefWeb - 11/30/2015 9:06:36 PM
Afghanistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of literacy with around ... of ELA 3 with the aim of redesigning the existing National Literacy Curriculum. To date, two international UNESCO experts together with national technical officers ...
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 11/17/2015 11:59:30 PM
In fact, a sprawling global survey of financial literacy around the world finds that the U.S. ranks 14th, behind Singapore and the Czech Republic. This new measure of financial literacy comes from a survey of 150,000 adults in 148 countries. To conduct a ...
Charity index ranks Burma as world’s most generous country
Lankaweb - 11/20/2015 8:42:41 PM
In the past we’ve looked at which countries and regions are ... backed factors like life expectancy and literacy, perspectives on social progress and/or economics, as well as self-reported feelings. The latest World Giving Index, a study by the London ...
Why You Should Watch China's Commitment to Becoming an Innovation-driven World Leader
The Huffington Post - 11/30/2015 5:36:02 AM
First, the authoritarian nature of the country's regime prevents innovators ... many resources to be created locally. In such a world, goods can be massively customized, and ubiquitous digital literacy means everyone can participate. Trade in finished ...
Students of MICA are going digital to spread literacy across the country
IBN LIve - 11/30/2015 9:25:06 AM
Jagriti, the student-run social service wing of MICA launched a new initiative recently, towards helping bridge the digital divide and promoting technological literacy among underprivileged ... classroom and explore the world of information made available ...
U.S. is the richest country, but Americans don’t rank among top 10 in financial literacy
Deseret News National - 11/22/2015 2:13:45 PM
Americans came in at 14th for financial literacy, right behind the Czech Republic. Nearly every country that beat the U.S. has a lower ... card use and student debt are among the highest in the world, inflation is a concept that Americans least understand.
GCC tops global average in financial literacy
Trade Arabia - 11/30/2015 10:08:03 AM
There is wide variation in financial literacy rates across economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. At 15 per cent, Angola and Somalia are among the countries with the world's lowest financial literacy rates. At 52 per cent, Botswana's rate is the region's highest ...
A Year Without Sundays:” remaking Cuban society through literacy campaign
People's World - 11/23/2015 6:51:45 PM
A modern day activist for social change often dreams of that day when all the hard work of struggle comes to fruition, and the opportunity to make the world ... from the literacy campaign in Cuba" is a book which examines the record of a country taking ...
Dell aims at taking PC closer to masses with Dell PC Literacy Days drive
Times of India - 11/30/2015 3:08:42 PM
CHENNAI: As part of a comprehensive customer outreach programme, Dell India on Monday launched Dell PC Literacy Days, a technology awareness initiative to commemorate the World PC Literacy ... over 140 cities across the country to take the Dell PC Literacy ...
What Does The World Think Of Capitalism?
Value Walk - 11/25/2015 4:59:01 AM
Large majorities in both developed and rapidly developing countries believed that ... according to analysts from the World Bank and other organizations. We are actually seeing rising incomes, higher literacy rates, and improved health outcomes across ...
Survey: Financial literacy lacking around the globe
The Columbian - 11/22/2015 9:01:47 PM
Standard & Poor’s Global Financial Literacy Survey goes further than any of the previous research in examining the phenomenon throughout the world. It’s based on 150,000 interviews in more than 140 countries, all conducted last year. The study’s ...
World Economic Forum released Global Gender Gap Report 2015
Jagran Josh - 11/20/2015 7:06:38 AM
World Economic Forum (WEF ... Educational Attainment: Indian was placed at the 125th position among the 145 countries surveyed. Female literacy rate was pegged at 61 percent, while male literacy rate was 81 percent. • Health and Survival: Compared ...
Can you pass this personal financial literacy test?
Boing Boing (blog) - 11/21/2015 9:14:18 AM
Standard & Poor’s, Gallup, the World Bank, and George Washington University gave a five-question test on personal financial concepts to 150,000 people in more than 140 countries. Only 33% of people passed by demonstrating competency in three out of the ...