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
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 11/17/2015 11:59:30 PM
In fact, a sprawling global survey 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 ...
Why Israel Is One of the World's Most Financially Literate Nations
The Jewish Daily Forward - 11/25/2015 11:57:11 PM
“What I think [the survey] really shows is not just that the level of financial literacy is low around the world,” Lusardi said, “but also that there are large differences across countries. We can also understand who are the vulnerable groups when it ...
S Asia has world's lowest financial literacy
MENAFN - 11/27/2015 9:31:38 PM
It turned out that countries with the highest financial literacy rates are Australia ... This time at the Losail International Circuit, the screeching wail of the MotoGP and the WSBK motorcycles will be replaced by the guttural exhaust note of the touring ...
Charity index ranks Burma as world’s most generous country
Lankaweb - 11/20/2015 8:42:41 PM
In the past we’ve looked at which countries and regions are ... backed factors like life expectancy and literacy, perspectives on social progress and/or economics, as well as self-reported feelings. The latest World Giving Index, a study by the London ...
U.S. is the richest country, but Americans don’t rank among top 10 in financial literacy
Deseret News National - 11/22/2015 2:13:45 PM
Americans came in at 14th for financial literacy, right behind the Czech Republic. Nearly every country that beat the U.S. has a lower ... card use and student debt are among the highest in the world, inflation is a concept that Americans least understand.
The Least Developed Countries Report 2015
ReliefWeb - 11/25/2015 6:49:22 PM
Further, many international migrants come from rural areas – either directly or after first migrating to towns and cities in their own countries. The report ... including financial literacy and business skills; • Estimating changes in demand as ...
A Year Without Sundays:” remaking Cuban society through literacy campaign
People's World - 11/23/2015 6:51:45 PM
A modern day activist for social change often dreams of that day when all the hard work of struggle comes to fruition, and the opportunity to make the world ... from the literacy campaign in Cuba" is a book which examines the record of a country taking ...
Survey: Financial literacy lacking around the globe
The Columbian - 11/22/2015 9:01:47 PM
Standard & Poor’s Global Financial Literacy Survey goes further than any of the previous research in examining the phenomenon throughout the world. It’s based on 150,000 interviews in more than 140 countries, all conducted last year. The study’s ...
Mark Gilbert: Let’s pare gender gap by making men take paternity leave
Dallas News - 11/25/2015 12:51:27 PM
The World Economic Forum ... positions), education (literacy rates and schooling levels), and health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratios at birth). It’s designed to be independent of how developed a country is. The top five countries by ranking ...
International children's film festival begins Saturday
Times of India - 11/25/2015 5:52:06 PM
MUMBAI: The ninth edition of the International ... 45 children's films from seven countries will be screened. This year CIKFF presented by Arya Global has hope as the central theme. There will be film screenings, media literacy workshops, case studies ...
ALFALIT International Opens Centres For Adult Education In Yei
gurtong.net - 11/27/2015 9:42:58 AM
YEI, 26 November 2015 [Gurtong]- The organization has established 10 adult literacy centres in Yei River County ... Mandela Wani Michael, the Country Director for ALFILIT International in South Sudan said that the four level training aims at imparting ...
What Does The World Think Of Capitalism?
Value Walk - 11/25/2015 4:59:01 AM
Large majorities in both developed and rapidly developing countries believed that ... according to analysts from the World Bank and other organizations. We are actually seeing rising incomes, higher literacy rates, and improved health outcomes across ...
8 Things to Know About the Cuban Literacy Campaign
Atlanta Black Star - 11/18/2015 4:27:21 PM
with the ambitious goal of teaching every single inhabitant of the country to read and write in one year.” Soon after, he helped to launch the most dedicated literacy campaign to ever exist. Join us in our effort to change our world with Empowering ...
Toyota Family Learning Programs Lead Communities in National Family Literacy Month® celebrations
automotiveworld.com - 11/25/2015 7:00:42 AM
“Families across the country are ... and financial literacy, reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)-based education and Family Service Learning projects are all part of Toyota Family Learning. *Automotive World is not responsible ...
Meet the quirky Third World entrepreneurs who do more good than the do-gooders
Daily Telegraph - 11/26/2015 5:29:27 PM
And they are in the vanguard of a new kind of entrepreneurship which stands a much better chance of improving lives than all the charity in the world. Every day ... spread to seven African countries. In Gambia – where less than a fifth of the roads ...