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 World's Oldest First-Grader Is Honored By A Google Doodle
NPR News - 1/12/2015 4:44:14 PM
At the time, children in some 92 countries had to pay to go to primary school. It had been a policy of the World Bank and the International ... There should be special provisions for adult literacy, with as its starting point, respect for what they've ...
Brampton’s Little Library paves a path to literacy
Brampton Guardian - 1/17/2015 9:31:48 PM
So, three months ago, Bajaj started a book drive for Little Library International. The non-profit group ships books to children in several Sub-Sahara African countries and other places with low literacy levels. The first Annual Literacy Drive in Brampton ...
Mountain Causes: Learning at the Literacy Council
Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media - 1/24/2015 11:22:12 AM
ASHEVILLE – Living in a country where I didn't speak the ... Language is how people learn about the world and make it better. It's that basic message that drives the work of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County, which envisions a community where ...
Thwaites confident of achieving literacy goals
Jamaica Observer - 1/18/2015 7:33:06 AM
Additionally, the minister lauded the combined efforts of the ministry's national literacy team, teachers, and the United States Agency for International Development for their input and improvement the country has seen. Moreover, there was a decline in the ...
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 ...
School reforms undermined by failure to track success or failure, says OECD
theguardian.com - 1/19/2015 1:36:59 PM
Well-intentioned education reforms around the world are being undermined because of a lack of ... the OECD says that almost one in six 25-34-year-olds across OECD countries does not have the skills considered essential to function in today’s society ...
Internet economy can reach $200 bn by 2020: Ravi Shankar Prasad, telecom minister
Economic Times - 1/14/2015 1:28:36 PM
NEW DELHI: Fast paced growth in computer literacy and greater use of data on mobiles will ... Google India Managing Director and IAMAI Chairman Rajan Anandan said: "India is the 3rd country in the world to have over 5 Internet companies valued at over ...
Internet users worldwide say life much improved by technology
Fierce CIO - 1/19/2015 11:59:45 PM
The report also comes in advance of the World Economic ... all of the countries think personal technology has improved productivity. "Compared to 2014, more respondents said technology has had a positive impact on transportation and literacy, while fewer ...
Internet economy can reach $200 bn by 2020: Prasad
Zee News - 1/14/2015 2:04:23 PM
New Delhi: Faster computer literacy in India can help the internet economy ... aiding India`s internet user base to cross 500 million by 2018. "India is the third country in the world to have over five internet companies valued at over $1 billion.
Council explores risk reduction by seeking new canola buyers
The Western Producter - 1/21/2015 11:57:23 PM
The first thing the council’s market development staff look for in a market is a high literacy rate ... In 2012, the World Health Organization gave Mexico the dubious distinction of being the most obese country. That prompted the government to place ...
Experts: English spelling overhaul could aid literacy
The Bulletin - 1/21/2015 8:05:20 AM
They propose an International English Spelling Congress to ... English-speaking children take significantly longer to learn basic literacy skills than children in other European countries. He said part of the problem lies in the spelling.
India's Internet economy can reach USD 200 billion by 2020: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Post - 1/14/2015 3:37:27 PM
New Delhi: Fast paced growth in computer literacy and greater use of data on mobiles will ... Google India Managing Director and IAMAI Chairman Rajan Anandan said: "India is the 3rd country in the world to have over 5 Internet companies valued at over ...
SAG Foundation Receives $100k for Children’s Literacy
Variety - 1/15/2015 1:31:35 AM
More than 60,000 children have benefitted from the program in classrooms, hospitals and libraries in 35 cities across the country ... furthering children’s literacy. “It’s important to help our children explore the world through literature ...
Group’s donation designed to help increase literacy among children of incarcerated parents
Omaha.com - 1/20/2015 12:09:54 PM
please contact The World-Herald Store. A local organization gave more than 700 books in a year to children and youth with a parent in jail. Growing in popularity over the last decade, tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to ...
Kiwanis International Turns 100 Years Old This Month, A Look at Kiwanis Clubs in Boone and Banner Elk
High Country Press - 1/22/2015 2:16:22 PM
Today, Kiwanis International operates in 80 countries and touts more than 600,000 members ... of life of children in North Carolina and South Carolina most likely through literacy. Prior to moving to Banner Elk, she was a member of Kiwanis Club in Marietta ...