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
Even Brazil's footballers condemn country's government for spending billions on the World Cup as tens of thousands continue to protest on the streets
Daily Mail - 6/19/2013 5:04:03 PM
Official FIFA vehicles were among those struggling to get to the ... found in a 2009 educational survey that literacy and math skills of Brazilian 15-year-olds ranked 53rd out of 65 countries, behind nations such as Bulgaria, Mexico, Turkey ...
Technology can empower children in developing countries - if it's done right
The Guardian - 6/16/2013 11:55:38 PM
Over the decade technology has transcended poverty ... pouring millions of computers and educational materials into ICT training programmes. Computer giant Dell runs its own computer hardware and literacy programme called Youth Learning, which initially ...
Literacy achievement hailed
The Hindu - 6/20/2013 12:27:52 AM
: Lise Grande, United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in India, has said that Kerala’s achievement in spreading literacy is a model for all developing nations. Delivering the keynote address at a function held here on Wednesday to ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
Of the world’s 800 million adults who lack the basic learning tools to make informed decisions and participate fully in the development of their societies, nearly 70 per cent live in E9 countries. Tackling the literacy gap is both a moral and development ...
Tech can improve literacy skills in rural India
Financial Express - 6/16/2013 1:18:32 PM
Even if the number of teachers can be increased dramatically, the chances of these teachers living in rural areas are slim because those areas do not have enough educational, healthcare, and skills development ... from liberal arts colleges are unemployable.
Better World Books to Provide $45,000 in LEAP Grants for Libraries and Non-Profits
San Francisco Gate - 2/28/2013 10:00:20 PM
Social business pioneer to fund projects addressing literacy needs of communities across the country. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 Better World Books, the socially responsible online bookseller, today announces their third-annual Literacy and ...
Worldreader Expands Literacy Efforts by Launching Worldreader Mobile
San Francisco Gate - 4/9/2013 10:45:57 PM
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) April 09, 2013 Worldreader (worldreader.org), the nonprofit aiming to boost literacy by providing digital books to children and families throughout Africa and the rest of the developing world, today announced a new method ...
Shelter, literacy and food security focus for Mandela Day 2013
sabc.co.za - 6/19/2013 4:13:56 PM
Hatang stresses that it’s about ensuring Mandela’s legacy lives on forever. Members of the public have continued to leave cards, flowers, banners and letters containing well-wish messages, outside the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is being treated ...
DCMF Leads Charge in Middle East/Africa Media & Information Literacy Plan
The Huffington Post - 6/19/2013 8:00:01 AM
In describing the absence of MIL in the Arab world's education programs, Tayie admitted that curricula are rigid, that there is limited space for development, that the system is individualistic, that it does not encourage teamwork, and that school is not ...
Digital Literacy Mission
Economic Times - 6/16/2013 11:55:38 PM
Tripura to emerge as fully literate state by September ET Tripura will emerge as a total literate state in the country before World Literacy Day on September 8, a minister said today. Ricoh launches mobile visual search platform Ocutag ET Ocutag platform ...
Literacy and Networking for Afghan Women Through Texting
The Huffington Post - 6/4/2013 9:18:03 PM
Afghanistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with only 28.1 percent of the population ... have unlimited access to communicate with people all over the country. During our pilot program, we had several families which were ...
Improving women's financial literacy, worldwide
Domican Today - 5/13/2013 7:28:09 PM
According to South African Financial Journalist Maya Fischer-French, among the biggest financial hurdles an overwhelming number of women in her country face ... Women throughout the world face unique economic and financial literacy challenges.
Literacy levels on the rise in T&T
Trinidad Express - 4/6/2013 7:21:55 PM
He reported in the 2011 PIRLS study the reading literacy of standard three children the average score increased by 31 points, “which I think is the highest change of any country across the world”. Seecharan said in 2006, T&T had 36 per cent of pupils ...
Former Microsoft Exec Brings Books to World's Poorest Children
Voice of America - 5/3/2013 1:27:46 PM
Today, the nonprofit operates in 10 countries across Asia and Africa ... on solutions for education in the developing world,” said Erin Ganju, Room to Read’s co-founder and CEO. While global literacy is its primary goal, gender equality is just ...
No Country for Slow Broadband
New York Times - 6/15/2013 6:06:03 PM
Others repeat outdated statistics: Susan Crawford, a law professor and author of the widely praised book “Captive Audience,” relies on 2009 data to claim that America is 22nd in average broadband ... Bennett is a senior fellow at the ...