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
The most educated countries in the world
USA Today - 9/13/2014 6:46:16 PM
The percentage of adults performing at the highest literacy level exceeded that figure in five ... To identify the most educated countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest proportions of residents aged 25 to 64 with ...
How Thousands Of Bookmarks Are Going To Improve Global Literacy
The Street - 9/17/2014 9:11:51 PM
The Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge launched on September 8, International Literacy Day ... the organization has conducted virtual exchange programs in more than 50 countries on all seven continents, reaching more than one million young people.
Boosting literacy development in Nigeria
Businessday - 9/16/2014 11:57:40 PM
Wike made the revelation at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day. At the 2013 edition of same event Wike disclosed that adult illiterates rate in the country have increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million in 2013. Wike further ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 3:35:56 AM
... the rest of the world to celebrate International Literacy Day. The Day was set aside by the United Nations (UN) as an annual event for evaluating literacy programmes and all actions taken by member countries of the UN to address the old age problem of ...
World Literacy Day passes almost unnoticed
Daily Times - 9/8/2014 8:46:44 PM
LAHORE: Where Pakistan stands at the bottom of literacy rate ranking among South Asian countries, the World Literacy Day passed almost unnoticed as not even a single ceremony was held across the city on government level on Monday. The UNESCO proclaimed ...
Females: The Highlight of International Literacy Day 2014
ZIZ - 9/13/2014 6:03:19 PM
His comments were made against the backdrop of International Literacy Day ... Carty noted that the Federation faces a different challenge with literacy in comparison to other countries worldwide. “For us in St. Kitts and Nevis, the challenge is how ...
Bring literacy rate on par with world's leading societies, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Economic Times - 9/8/2014 9:48:10 AM
Despite this, our literacy level is below the world average of 84 per cent," the President said. While the country has set a target of 80 per cent literacy by the end of the 12th Plan, Mukherjee said during this period the Government would also seek to ...
Rwanda: Why Literacy Is Important in National Socioeconomic and Political Transformation
AllAfrica - 9/17/2014 7:07:10 AM
September 8 is the international literacy day designated by Unesco to raise public ... but as an important tool in the country's socio- economic and political transformation. To begin with, literacy facilitates people to communicate information, stories ...
International Literacy Day: So much more to do
Pravda - 9/9/2014 7:52:27 AM
Today in Dhaka, Bangladesh, International Literacy Day is being celebrated ... Incredible as it may seem, today there are countries with literacy rates well below 40 per cent: Mali, for instance, has a rate of 33.6%, Central African Republic 36.8%, Chad ...
Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of international literacy day, 2014
India Education Diary - 9/11/2014 4:04:00 PM
Literacy, in its contemporary definition, means "reading the world” rather than "the word ... level is operational in rural areas of low female literacy districts in the country. The Lok Shiksha Kendras established in over 1.5 lakhs Gram Panchayats ...
Early literacy: everyone’s responsibility
Malta Today - 9/17/2014 5:19:48 AM
The international Leipzig conference recognised the ... to reach out to all children and to lead on to more advanced forms of literacy development. ELE is about our countries’ futures. • Everyone means families, professionals, governmental institutions ...
The world celebrates International Literacy Day
news.uzreport.uz - 9/8/2014 12:32:48 PM
On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international ... During the participation, representatives of our country have met with the European flowers producers and a masters in floral business. Uzbekistan took part in the 80th General ...
OECD: UK graduates 'lacking high-level literacy skills'
Daily Telegraph - 9/9/2014 8:56:52 AM
Only six countries now have more young adults with a degree than ... study by the OECD published last year that tested adults across the developed world in basic literacy and numeracy. The UK figures only covered England and Northern Ireland.
With a High Literacy Rate Cambodians Can Acquire More Skills
The Cambodia Daily - 9/11/2014 8:25:52 AM
International Literacy Day is devoted to the connection between “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” The international trends in trade show that foreign investors pay particular attention to a country’s literacy rate prior to making ...