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
What do African Countries Lack to be Stable and Develop?
News of Rwanda - 10/7/2015 8:34:36 AM
Some are not even afraid to attribute the ongoing conflicts in some countries to foreign influence ... Many of the challenges at the time included literacy levels, low level of skills, and lack proper of knowledge on international dynamics at the time ...
Our country’s forgotten half
The Express Tribune - 10/5/2015 2:10:26 AM
Many studies have shown the direct and in-direct benefits of female literacy ... that countries with lower GDP per capita including Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia have better gender parity than Pakistan. Pakistan ranks among the lowest in the world in ...
Why Singapore has the smartest kids in the world
CNN - 10/5/2015 7:49:51 PM
Singapore (CNN)It's a world-class teacher's pet -- a straight-A student that's top of the class: Singapore is officially the country with the smartest high ... for its education system to aim for universal literacy. But starting in the 1970s, Singapore's ...
World Education Games to begin from October 13
Pakistan Observer - 10/4/2015 10:28:31 PM
Two brilliant Pakistani students will represent the country as Ambassadors in the 3 days long online event. The WEG will include World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day and kids from all over the world can play games any time in given days.
UNESCO official praises China's contribution to world literacy
China - 9/28/2015 6:22:07 AM
An official from UNESCO praised China's contribution to world literacy during China Qufu International Confucius ... So far, 27 different organizations from 22 different countries have been awarded the prize. "The tremendous impact of the prize goes ...
Malaysia passes per capita GDP milestone en route to developed country status
Eurek Alert - 9/28/2015 9:13:55 AM
Malaysia has passed an important milestone on its way to developed country status. World Bank data shows that Malaysian GDP ... in each state to promote "hands-on" science education and literacy. They highlighted as well the opportunity to introduce ...
Literacy key for sustainable development - PM
observer.org.sz - 9/25/2015 2:58:05 AM
Literacy is a key driver for economic and sustainable development in the society as evident in any country ranked under the first world status, says Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini. The premier has also noted that if a person can read and write ...
Marriott International Presents Career Opportunities For Arab Youth In Partnership With INJAZ Al-Arab
prnewswire.com - 10/5/2015 3:10:41 PM
About INJAZ Al-Arab & Junior Achievement Worldwide Operating in 14 countries ... the world's largest and fastest-growing youth business organisation dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through ...
Africa Code Week Spreading Digital Literacy For African Youth
AFKinside - 10/2/2015 3:57:11 PM
is a continent-wide initiative to spread digital literacy and simplify access to coding education for young people. Online sessions and hundreds of free coding workshops have been organized for children and youth aged 8 to 24 in 17 countries: Benin ...
Why Singapore has the world's smartest kids
WSBT 22 - 10/5/2015 9:27:05 AM
It's a world-class teacher's pet -- a straight-A student that's top of the class: Singapore is officially the country with the smartest high ... enough for its education system to aim for universal literacy. But starting in the 1970s, Singapore's economic ...
The Jefferson Awards Foundation Partners with generationOn and One World Play Project to Generate Maximum Impact with Youth-Driven Service Projects
Busbyway - 10/1/2015 10:43:25 AM
Through LEAD360, the organization partners with nonprofits across the country to combat three social issues per year and in 2015 they focused on hunger and poverty, health and wellness, and education and literacy ... campaign and One World Play donated ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
Perhaps, that informed the setting aside of September 8 every year as the International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational ... in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high ...
The World Education Games Brings Together 8MM Students From 30,000 Schools in 200 Countries and Challenges Kids in Math, Literacy and Science
The Business Journal - 9/21/2015 1:54:14 PM
NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Education Games (WEG), the world's largest education competition which brings together 8MM students from 30,000 schools in 200 countries to challenge kids in math, literacy and science, is getting ready ...
Chelsea Clinton's Book IT'S YOUR WORLD: GET INFORMED, GET INSPIRED & GET GOING! to Be Available Digitally for Schools in Sub-Saharan Africa
Broadway World - 10/5/2015 11:53:14 PM
The organization's digital literacy movement has reached over 6 million people ... their communities, in their country and across the world-this book is designed to inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...