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
Assessment Framework for Media and Information Literacy launched by UNESCO
unesco.org - 12/11/2013 10:37:33 AM
The publication presents an overall assessment framework composed of two tiers: country readiness ... and particularly its priority on information literacy, and of the Plan of Action of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
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 ...
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
4. Niger: The ratio of men to women in this landlocked western African country is also lopsided: the literacy rate is 42.9 percent for men, 15.1 percent for women and 28.7 percent overall. 5. Mali: Niger’s neighbor on the west, the literacy rate in ...
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 ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests. A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England's 16 to ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
Of the world’s 800 million adults who lack the basic learning tools to make informed decisions and participate fully in the development of their societies, nearly 70 per cent live in E9 countries. Tackling the literacy gap is both a moral and development ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
Thanks to the government's income from oil and ... among the richest countries in the world. It just has to have either a government that makes sure wealth is distributed broadly across the population or a small population that includes some extremely ...
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
You may have thought it was India but it isn't ... With almost one-fifth of the world's oil reserves, the middle-eastern country also maintains the world's largest oil production capacity. According to the US Energy Information Administration's website ...
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, with 35 per cent of its population termed financially literate. More than 70 percent of survey respondents cannot endure a personal economic emergency ...
EU leading action to boost literacy in developing countries
europa.eu - 1/20/2013 11:58:10 PM
In addition to efforts to improve levels of literacy in the EU through its 'Europe Loves Reading' campaign, the European Commission is also at the forefront of action to tackle the problem in the world's developing countries. Since 2007, the Commission has ...
The poorest countries in the world
NBC News - 9/18/2012 11:16:07 AM
which has the highest recorded rate at 25.9 percent. In the U.S., the rate is 0.78 percent. Life expectancy, not surprising, is also very low. In the U.S., a person born today is projected to live to the age of 78.2. In each of these countries ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
FOXBusiness - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
In 1993, political differences between Burundi’s two largest ethnic groups ... According to the World Bank, Burundi remains one of the world’s poorer countries on a per capita basis — only one country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, had a GDP ...
The Most Educated Countries in the World
Yahoo! Finance - 10/15/2013 11:55:17 PM
But the country still has one of the most educated populations in the world. Additionally, nearly 23% of Japanese adults were proficient at the highest levels of literacy, roughly double the U.S. proportion. High school graduation rates were ...
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.