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
The Business Journal - 6/28/2016 2:11:44 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 ...
S’pore adults lagging behind in literacy, maths: OECD
Today - 6/28/2016 5:46:29 PM
The Survey of Adult Skills, administered by the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (Piaac), showed that more than one in four adults here (26.1 per cent) recorded the lowest literacy proficiency levels — at Level ...
NZ fourth in world literacy: OECD
YahooNews - 6/28/2016 4:34:54 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 ...
India ranked 105th out of 130 countries on global human capital index
The Indian Express - 6/28/2016 10:01:11 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.
Study finds Singapore adults lag in literacy compared with OECD average
themalaymailonline.com - 6/28/2016 5:50:39 AM
The Survey of Adult Skills, administered by the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult ... The Republic stands out as the country where variability in literacy is the largest, at 77 score points, compared with the OECD average of ...
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 ranked105 globally on human capital index, Finland tops
Hindustan Times - 6/28/2016 2:33:12 PM
India has been ranked number 105 globally, on a worldwide Human Capital Index, which measures countries’ ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth. Finland topped the list. (HT Photo) India has been ranked number 105 globally, on ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Only 57% of India's human resource talent is utilised: World Economic Forum
International Business Times - 6/28/2016 4:06:16 PM
World's top three countries — Finland, Norway and Switzerland — utilised ... of educational attained by people across different age groups. However, its youth literacy rate remains at a low 90 percent, trailing many other emerging economies.
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 ...
DFM and Nasdaq Dubai partner to boost financial literacy
Al Bawaba - 6/28/2016 7:45:11 AM
To put that number into some perspective, $114 billion can eradicate world hunger nearly four times over ... said there is a need for financial literacy programmes in the country starting with youth. “There’s a direct link between education ...
New study finds when Kiwis are at their smartest
New Zealand Herald - 6/28/2016 9:03:55 AM
Skills in New Zealand and around the world. Minister for Tertiary Education Skills ... New Zealand is one of the few countries where literacy scores increased significantly since 1996. New Zealand's average numeracy score of 271 was in the middle of ...
India is slowly cleaving into two countries – a richer, older South and a poorer, younger North
scroll.in - 6/28/2016 2:58:51 AM
Together, they would constitute the world's 14th largest country; 71% live in rural areas where medical ... After years of reasonably good healthcare, rising literacy and infant survival rates, 10 states, including South India's big four, virtually form ...