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
Financial Literacy and U.S. Teens: Global Study Reveals Path for Improvement
The Huffington Post - 1/28/2015 4:58:04 AM
That is one of the striking conclusions of the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012.
Where does radio stand in a connected world?
The Next Web - 2/1/2015 4:20:31 PM
According to UNESCO, radio reaches about 95 percent of the world’s ... and men regardless of literacy levels, with limited access to more organised forms of social and political participation. It has major penetration rates in countries with high levels ...
Study: Girls outperform boys in math and science all over the world
VentureBeat - 1/27/2015 4:12:08 PM
The team had access to a standardized international exam ... and science literacy by age 15, regardless of political, economic, social, or gender-equality issues and policies found in those countries,” he concluded. The researchers don’t hypothesize ...
Are Cellphones Really Changing the World?
News Week - 1/28/2015 12:21:53 PM
Around the world, 4.2 billion people are not online. In developing countries only 31 percent of people are online ... is still in its infancy and focused on basics like literacy. For example, the nonprofit Worldreader delivers books on mobile devices ...
Books written by Wise Kings of India!
Speaking Tree - 1/30/2015 4:44:22 PM
This shows the high literacy amongst the Indian kings and the general public. India must have been the most literate country in the ancient world! Before Moses and Homer were born, India was the only one country in the world with a huge volume of literature.
Rwanda: Govt, Private Sector Partner to Boost ICT Literacy
AllAfrica - 1/29/2015 1:25:07 PM
Efforts to promote digital literacy in the country received a boost yesterday, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and ICDL, an international computer skills certification programme. The two parties will ...
The English and Their History, by Robert Tombs
The Irish Times - 2/1/2015 1:25:44 AM
‘If a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and representative institutions, then the English have a fair claim to be the oldest nation in the world ... so did literacy and the rule of law. Some sort of political ...
Why the world is closely watching Southeast Asia’s talents
E27 - 1/26/2015 11:58:37 PM
With the third youngest number of professionals in the world ... the literacy rate in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia is above 92 per cent (versus India’s 63 per cent), and the labour force from the three SEA countries is expected to grow ...
OPINION: Russia’s Friendship University, Educating the Developing World for 55 Years
Inter Press Service - 1/27/2015 11:57:25 PM
Since their literacy rates in the 1960’s were very low ... Today, it has over 29,000 graduate and post graduate students – including 6,000 international students from 145 countries. PFUR occupies 125 acres and hosts 27 buildings, enrolls students ...
Global study released on U.S. teens’ financial literacy, keys to success
DL Online Giving Information Life - 1/29/2015 8:24:28 AM
That’s one of the main findings in the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012. Final results were ...
Diabetes self-management education effective in developing countries, but gaps exist
Healio - 1/29/2015 11:55:03 PM
The investigators applied World Bank and WHO burden of disease criteria to distinguish between developing countries with high and low mortality ... Interventions were accessible for people with low literacy in 39% of studies. “There are several gaps ...
International Study: Girls Better Than Boys in Academic Achievement Everywhere
Jewish Business News - 1/28/2015 10:41:40 AM
Now, using international data ... and science literacy by age 15, regardless of political, economic, social or gender equality issues and policies found in those countries.” According to the data, boys fall behind girls in overall achievement across ...
U.S. students need to improve financial literacy
fridayflyer.com - 1/30/2015 5:45:48 AM
That's one of the main findings in the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012. Final results ...
First Lady brings literacy initiative to Bush School with interactive app
Battalion Texas AM - 1/30/2015 5:24:20 AM
“And then that means you will never get a job, you’ll probably go to jail and that’s tragic, so I chose literacy because if more people could read, write and comprehend then they will get to rise in our country.” Bush said she thinks digital books ...
Filipino Ashoka fellows drop by ImpactXchange
Rappler - 2/1/2015 4:27:41 PM
MANILA, Philippines - Social enterprise Smarter Good, in partnership with Ashoka Philippines and co.lab, held the second ImpactXChange to host a meet-and-greet with the four newest members of the world’s ... 3,000 Fellows in 70 countries.