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
Early literacy 'key' to closing education gap
BBC - 6/29/2015 6:11:20 PM
questions as they try to understand the world around them ... system between those from the wealthiest and least well-off areas of the country. And the recent Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy found that reading standards in primary schools had ...
Rosenkranz Prize winners devoted to innovative health care in developing countries
Scope Blog Stanford - 6/21/2015 11:57:15 PM
More than 100 million girls worldwide fail to complete secondary school, despite research that shows a mother’s literacy ... in the developing world, but lack the resources. While Alsan is researching how older girls in poorer countries are impacted ...
What "Repairing the World" Means to One Riderwood Couple
Patch - 6/29/2015 2:15:06 PM
In eight years, the Privens have done their part to “repair the world” through their interaction with Meeting Point Kampala. “The entire experience has changed my perspective in many ways,” he said. “We have so much in this country, and in giving ...
Havana: one of the world's great cities on the brink of a fraught transition
theguardian.com - 6/17/2015 8:24:16 AM
At the time of the 1959 revolution, Havana ranked as one of the world’s great and dynamic cities. The country’s literacy rate was 76%, the fourth highest in Latin America. Cuba was 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita, and it boasted ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff India Abroad - 6/14/2012 12:55:39 PM
As per the 'Global Financial literacy barometer', India is ranked 23rd among the 28 countries surveyed ... places that parents talk with their kids about money, says the Visa's International Financial Literacy Barometer. Click NEXT to read more...
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 ...
China has left the world behind in development.
Lankaweb - 6/21/2015 10:59:59 PM
A Rural Development Society was established in every village area and its remit included literacy work ... us on this path the IMF and its sister organization the World Bank offered our country loans with long grace periods, where for years and years ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 11:14:04 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 ...
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
International Literacy Day - 8th September
Earth Times - 9/5/2012 2:30:30 PM
... countries with a poor level of literacy were also among the poorest countries in the world and that there was a close connection between illiteracy and prejudice against women. Each year International Literacy Day has a particular theme. Past themes ...
OECD: English school leavers 'among least literate and numerate in the developed world'
Daily Telegraph - 10/8/2013 10:41:52 AM
England was the only country in the developed world in which adults aged 55-to-65 performed better in literacy and numeracy than those aged 16-to-24 after taking account of other factors such as the economic background of those taking the test.
The most educated countries in the world
USA Today - 9/13/2014 3:11:31 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 ...
10 Nations with the Highest Literacy Rate
Silicon India - 3/17/2014 6:20:32 AM
So, check out the list of 10 countries with the highest literacy rate in the world, as compiled by The Countries. 10. Russia: A northern Eurasian nation, Russia is the tenth most highly literate nation in the world. In this country, education is provided ...
What nation has the most money-smart teens? It's not the US
CNBC - 7/9/2014 3:58:10 AM
The first large-scale international study on financial literacy among 15-year-olds came out on Wednesday, and the results are grim. Among the 18 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's assessment, the U.S. ranked at best ...
Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries
CBC - 8/28/2014 8:45:27 PM
Canadians are among the most scientifically literate people in the world, a new report ... have a basic level of scientific literacy necessary to understand media reports about science, putting Canada first among 35 countries with similar available data.