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
Mobile Devices Can Dramatically Improve Literacy Rates In Developing Countries, Says UNESCO
TechCrunch - 4/23/2014 2:55:00 PM
A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world’s population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartphone is not necessary. In fact, many e-book readers use ...
World Book Night promotes literacy
Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake City - 4/23/2014 8:02:48 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Librarians and booksellers all over the country are promoting literacy by giving away free books to those who need them. About 30 to 35 books are chosen by a group of librarians each year for World Book Night, which is on April 23 ...
Mobile technology facilitates literacy in developing countries: UNESCO
unmultimedia.org - 4/23/2014 6:01:07 PM
Mobile technology is facilitating literacy in developing countries, according to a report by the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO). The report, "Reading in the Mobile Era" was published on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, which is ...
Mobile phones found to help boost literacy rates in developing countries
news.ie.msn.com - 4/23/2014 3:52:16 PM
WorldReader Facebook ACCESS TO BASIC mobile phones can help boost literacy rates in developing countries and could potentially six billion people in the world, according to a new report from UN education agency UNESCO. The report, called Reading in the ...
Study Finds Mobile Devices Unlock Literacy Potential, Sparking a Reading Revolution in Developing Countries
KSL - 4/23/2014 3:59:25 PM
This is important because literacy opens the door to life ... in schools and libraries in nine Sub-Saharan countries and on Worldreader Mobile has more than 150,000 regular monthly readers across the world.
UNESCO Study Finds Mobile Devices Vastly Unlock Literacy Potential in Developing Countries
Techgage - 4/23/2014 11:56:02 AM
As far as first-world problems go, that has to be right up there as the dumbest. In developing countries, getting access to the latest meme or sports highlight isn’t the concern; getting books to read is. In a large number of these countries, libraries ...
UN study shows cellphones improving literacy in developing world including Pakistan, India
Pakistan Today - 4/23/2014 12:03:12 PM
The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries ... technology to help spread reading and literacy. The report recommends improving ...
World Book Night encourages donations, promotes literacy
The Western Front Online - 4/22/2014 8:51:06 AM
Thousands of book lovers will gather around the country on Wednesday ... in England and Ireland to encourage reading and bring attention to adult literacy, according to the World Book Night website. This is different than World Book Day, which brings ...
Education Specialist: Literacy and Pastoralist Education
ReliefWeb - 4/22/2014 2:41:52 PM
With 1.3 million children out of school and the qualified teacher to pupil ratio at 1:117, South Sudan has some of the most challenging education indicators in the world ... the establishment of literacy centres around the country, to provide literacy ...
"Main Street Tour" stresses importance of literacy in developing countries
The Exponent - 4/18/2014 9:53:07 AM
As the agency’s senior adviser for international education, Christie Vilsack visited eight different “conflict and crisis” countries last year and is now traveling to various universities throughout the U.S. to share with them the importance of ...
2014 World Literacy Summit: The power and promise of literacy
UNICEF Australia - 4/17/2014 3:34:55 AM
but risked all to offer the world’s most vulnerable children a literate life. Literacy is a basic human right. It is also the only sustainable solution to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty plaguing so many countries and regions. New and ...
Port Harcourt Assumes UNESCO World Book Capital
This Day Live - 4/23/2014 1:26:07 AM
Formal activities for the programme began yesterday with the opening of the International Literature Exhibition ... of the Rivers State government in promoting literacy and literary events in the country. “We do believe we can only strengthen education ...
UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries
UNESCO - 4/21/2014 11:54:14 PM
UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries. The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. The report, Reading in the ...
UNESCO study shows reading on cellphones can improve literacy in poor countries
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 4/23/2014 10:58:46 AM
PARIS — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare ... improving their overall literacy. The study was conducted among 4,000 people in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria ...