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
Book Aid International returns to Sierra Leone
The Bookseller - 5/25/2016 2:16:16 PM
Book Aid International, a charity that supports literacy by increasing access to books ... carefully-selected books to Freetown to help the country rebuild after the Ebola crisis. Book Aid International withdrew from Sierra Leone in 2007 after the end ...
The Truth About Syria: A Manufactured War Against An Independent Country
mintpressnews.com - 5/25/2016 11:56:05 PM
By 1991, illiteracy in Syria had been wiped out by a mass literacy campaign led by the government ... Syria held a contested election in 2014, with international observers from 14 countries. One thing that distinguishes Syria from Saudi Arabia, Qatar ...
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 ...
African Countries May Fall Into Debt Trap - AfDB
AllAfrica - 5/26/2016 9:57:23 AM
African countries that have borrowed from international capital markets may be sliding into ... Under the bank's Jobs for Africa's Youth Initiative, the AfDB would support digital literacy, logical thinking and computational skills in secondary and primary ...
More Reforms Needed to Improve Financial Capability and Inclusion in Azerbaijan, finds new World Bank Report
The World Bank - 5/24/2016 8:48:10 AM
Development of the financial sector and raising financial literacy over the past several years have improved the financial inclusion in Azerbaijan, but it is still significantly lower than in many comparator countries, finds the new World Bank report ...
Wema Bank promotes financial literacy among Nigerian children
World Stage - 5/27/2016 12:19:21 PM
Wema Bank Plc has identified the need to promote financial literacy among parents and children in the country. This much was said during this year’s Children’s Day celebration when the bank paid host to pupils from Taadel Primary School and Maryland ...
Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly closes
WHO - 5/28/2016 6:51:53 PM
However, a 2013 systematic review of available data reported almost 9000 cases in 50 countries around the world. The new resolution will help ... cost less, improve health literacy and patient engagement, and are better prepared to respond to health ...
Book by Humble author reaches thousands of Houston children
Your Houston News - 5/26/2016 10:04:32 AM
It is also building family literacy because when children bring this book ... out and it’s also bilingual and features languages from seven different countries around the world. They put their heads together thought it would be great if we do a bilingual ...
Museum exhibit details U.S. propaganda effort to sell country on WWI
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 5/27/2016 4:08:25 PM
At a time when literacy rates were ... just in the U.S., but other countries to convince opinion." The exhibit runs through next March, when it will be replaced by an exhibit focusing on the centennial of America's entry in World War I in 1917.
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 11/18/2015 9:53:39 AM
... 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 survey of this scope, Standard ...
Uhuru launches Digital Literacy Programme in Wajir
citizentv.co.ke - 5/20/2016 3:33:46 PM
The Digital Literacy Programme is ready for countrywide roll ... preparing our children to be ready to face the challenges of the modern world regardless of where they are in this country,” stated President Kenyatta. He asked teachers and those ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
The connection between literacy and peace is that it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high-level international round table on ...
Youth literacy has improved most in these countries
weforum.org - 5/25/2016 11:56:05 PM
On 25 September, 193 world leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Goal number four aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, including a specific target for universal youth literacy by 2030. This target ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy ... England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned of a shrinking pool of ...
Students' financial literacy, by country
Yahoo Finance - 7/9/2014 8:01:33 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: US International News Budget, Tax & Economy