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
India Needs Another 56 Years To Achieve Female Youth Literacy
Silicon India - 3/11/2014 1:08:30 PM
BANGALORE: India has by far witnessed the largest population of world’s illiterate adults at 287 million, amounting to 37 percent of the global total. As such, fulfilling complete literacy especially for young women will likely take over 5 ...
Students showcase literacy with cross-country Google Hangouts
thegazette.com - 3/8/2014 11:56:19 PM
Tricia Ward’s third-graders gave the thumbs down to “War Horse.” The gesture wasn’t a review so much as a reality; it was their way of signifying that they hadn’t read the book. On the morning of March 6, the Prairie Heights Elementary ...
SAARC countries urge regional cooperation to push literacy
Firstpost - 9/7/2013 11:00:08 PM
UNESCO representative Shigeru Aoyagi said the UN body would be happy to work with the South Asian countries in pushing literacy. Saakshar Bharat is the world's largest adult education program, which envisages making 70 million adults literate by 2017.
African Countries Ranked by Literacy Rate
openequalfree.org - 7/19/2013 9:50:35 PM
Equatorial Guinea has been ranked second, with a literacy rate of 87%. With a history of partnership with universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the country has used international cooperation to boost education projects. “We exceeded the ...
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
Barely anyone — one to two percent of the population — could read in ancient Rome and nobody thought more people should. Now we recognize that literacy is a human right; that being able to read and write is personally empowering and, in a world that ...
UNESCO Ranks Equatorial Guinea Highest Adult Literacy Country in Sub-Saharan Africa
Reuters - 9/13/2010 2:57:35 PM
In Equatorial Guinea, as in many other African countries, the International Literacy Day has been dedicated to improve the literacy of women, with the theme "Literacy and Empowerment of Women." The objective is to fight against the ...
India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
Of the 771 million adult illiterates in the world without basic literacy skills ... The report puts India among the 30 countries unable to achieve adult literacy targets by 2015, due to the slow pace of progress. The other countries at risk of not ...
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:58:06 PM
With the NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement on his intentions to step down in 2014, I began thinking about Stern’s legacy. Stern took over the NBA at a time when the league was in decline. There were even talks about the NBA being ...
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 ...
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
With a 0.1 per cent crude divorce rate (the number of divorces per 1,000 population) Chile has the most successful ... the middle-eastern country also maintains the world's largest oil production capacity. According to the US Energy Information ...
World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?
theguardian.com - 12/6/2010 11:55:03 PM
The UK is slipping down in maths, reading and science, and has been overtaken by Poland and Norway, this major study of 65 countries reveals today. Around 470,000 15-year-olds across the world sat a numeracy, literacy and science test last year ...
English children's literacy levels 'among the worst in the developed world'
Daily Mail - 3/5/2014 11:59:52 PM
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study spanned 40 countries - Belgium was represented by its two sections - and five Canadian provinces. It found that children in England - Wales and Northern Ireland were not included - were less likely to ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
By the end of 2006, the country's gambling revenue surpassed that of Las Vegas ... As this list shows, a country doesn't have to be an economic giant to be among the richest countries in the world. It just has to have either a government that makes ...
World Book Day: libraries are a lifeline for literacy and social mobility
theguardian.com - 3/6/2014 10:22:38 AM
Today is World Book day, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a worldwide celebration of reading. It is the biggest event of its kind with more than 100 countries taking part. In the UK, the Reading ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff - 6/14/2012 7:26:22 AM
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...