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
Nepal earthquake: A shocking disaster in one of the most remarkable countries on earth
The Independent - 4/26/2015 4:21:07 PM
The Durbar squares, world heritage sites of Hindu and Buddhist temples ... in partnership with Nepali organisations. I’ve witnessed the country’s death rates halve and literacy rates double. My colleague Dr Naomi Saville has lived in Nepal for 20 ...
No Countries In Sub-Saharan Africa Reached Global Education Goals
Modern Ghana - 4/22/2015 11:25:13 AM
All countries should ratify and implement international conventions on the minimum age for employment. Literacy policies should link up with community needs. Gender disparities at all levels must be reduced. Equity: Programmes and funding should be ...
Judging by index
The News International - 4/27/2015 2:15:15 AM
This refers to the news report, ‘Pakistan becomes 18th largest world economy: Dar’ (April 20). The fact is that Pakistan stands much behind other countries in terms of economic development, industrialisation, science and technology, literacy ...
UAE one of most hyper-connected countries on Earth
Emirates247 - 4/26/2015 5:29:43 AM
The world described by Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is already here: technology is completely woven into the fabric of everyday life. "The internet has vast untapped potential for countries to raise their global cultural profiles. Culture is key to ...
UNESCO vows to fight against illiteracy on World Book Day
India Today - 4/24/2015 5:17:46 AM
"Literacy is the door to knowledge ... 1995 and is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries by schools, public organizations and private businesses. The Day is a symbolic date for world literature. World Book Day is annually celebrated on ...
Sri Lanka — Explaining conflict set off by Western expectations
Lankaweb - 4/23/2015 12:18:18 AM
And today, according to Wikipedia’s “List of countries by literacy rate” the two nations ... However, Singapore is now classified in the developed world. Its literacy has risen to a rate of 95.9% . For physical quality of life indicators such ...
‘The Power of Books to Change Lives for the Better’ – World Day
PRESSENZA - 4/26/2015 7:12:55 PM
Literacy is the door to knowledge ... 1995 and is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries by schools, public organizations and private businesses. With 175 million adolescents in the world – mostly girls and young women – unable to ...
World Book Night events across the North East
thejournal.co.uk - 4/20/2015 11:59:12 PM
But, from a literary perspective, it has become a bit more special since 2011 when publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers and others came together to work out a way of spreading their love of reading and improving literacy levels. World Book Night ...
World Book Day: NGO Initiates Programme To Promote Reading In Nigeria
Leadership - 4/23/2015 3:48:53 PM
“Nigeria is one of the countries that have high illiteracy rate, to promote reading; mass literacy must also be promoted. “Everybody should be able to read a book to expand their knowledge particularly books that are outside your profession ...
Money Matters: Financial Literacy Month
newsplex.com - 4/21/2015 11:07:55 PM
... state of financial literacy in our country? To put it bluntly, we are illiterate when it comes to money. If our literacy rate (our ability to read) was as low as our financial literacy, we would be a third world country. And that is really sad ...
APO in Climate Change Adaptation in Drylands (For candidates from eligible developing countries only)
ReliefWeb - 4/24/2015 1:17:22 PM
He/she will have valuable networking opportunities in these countries, with regional and sub-regional organizations (e.g. African Union Commission, IGAD, EAC, COMESA) and international ... Computer literacy (fluency on Word, Excel, internet and databases ...
New scheme to improve child literacy is praised by teachers
Oxford Mail - 4/24/2015 10:57:12 PM
TEACHERS have welcomed a new programme to help boost literacy skills among primary school pupils ... King Alfred’s is also encouraging teachers to use authentic reading from real-world sources and employ new strategies to help students with spelling.
Elementary school students experience world culture at SVSU
MLive - 4/16/2015 10:13:35 AM
International students attending SVSU ... said each group of elementary students were assigned a different country and got to visit six stations that teach about currency, art, language, literacy through hands-on activities. Saginaw Public Schools, the ...
A 'Soccer World Cup approach' to tackling SA's literacy issues
timeslive.co.za - 4/27/2015 8:48:58 AM
To honour World Book Day, Yewande Omotoso caught up with SA's top librarian - and heard her ideas for a radical literacy revolution ... for minority rights in the conservative eastern European country. The British luxury car maker has shared details ...
Dangerous, isolated and primed for war? North Korean clichés debunked
theguardian.com - 4/27/2015 10:00:33 AM
North Korea, like every country in the world, is idiosyncratic – but not inexplicable ... North Koreans are anything but ignorant. With almost universal literacy, and despite economic deterioration, school enrolment – for girls and boys – remains ...