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
Improving educational status and literacy graph
Rising Kashmir - 3/3/2015 6:58:13 PM
One such scheme, launched on 8th September 2009—the International Literacy Day—with the purpose ... valuable suggestions on improving the educational status of the country and literacy graph. There are numerous constraints and challenges, like decent ...
The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets
Billboard - 2/27/2015 1:33:41 PM
Revenue gains in Spain and Italy are notable because of the size of the countries' economies. Spain and Italy have the world's 13th and 8th largest ... Broadband penetration and digital literacy is high. Swedish Songwriters Push for Fair Share of ...
Deakin University & WHO launch Health Literacy Toolkit for developing countries launched in India
India Education Diary - 2/23/2015 7:04:43 AM
The Health Literacy Toolkit was launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata ... People living in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, particularly those with little education, can have very poor ...
Literacy Strategy Development Specialist
ReliefWeb - 3/2/2015 4:57:43 PM
Since 2008, the international community has been endeavoring to overcome the low literacy level by providing police officers literacy classes. The stakeholders’ programmes cover the country; however, no survey has yet been conducted to monitor the ...
Why Women in Developing Countries Are Less Likely to Own a Phone Than Men
Motherboard - 3/2/2015 4:50:33 PM
Mobile phones are seeing increased uptake across the developing world, but adoption of the ... of phone credit also up there. In all countries, this was reported as a much bigger barrier than lacking technical literacy. Why is that a gendered issue?
African literacy project receives Oxford boost
cajnewsafrica.com - 3/4/2015 5:13:50 AM
Keynote speakers will include International Literacy Association Director Marcie Craig Post ... They have taken place every two years since 1999 in countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda.
Technogym 2015 Let's Move for a Better World Challenge Starts Today
istock Analyst - 3/2/2015 11:21:16 AM
The Let’s Move for a Better World challenge represents just one of the major cause oriented initiatives that Technogym has developed to promote physical literacy across the ... facility in each participating country will have the opportunity to make ...
Jordan's 'Philosopher Prince': Literacy Would Help Fight Fanaticism
NPR News - 2/27/2015 5:37:04 PM
Royal elder Prince El Hassan bin Talal talks to Robert Siegel about the country's role in fighting terrorism and extremism. He concludes that the Arab world needs more literacy to combat fanaticism. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.
World Bank Group helps Tajiks increase financial literacy
Xinhua News Agency - 2/23/2015 1:52:44 PM
The teaching will be delivered via a variety of channels including television and radio, according to the country office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. A recent research on financial literacy in Tajikistan ...
Oxford University Press to sponsor major African Literacy Conference
Bulawayo 24 - 3/3/2015 4:27:54 PM
They have taken place every two years since 1999 in countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda. This year's event will be run in association with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the ...
WPIX Weatherman Mr.G Participates in World Read Aloud Day
news.hamlethub.com - 3/3/2015 11:34:24 AM
WPIX weatherman Mr. G & volunteer actors kick-off national ‘Read to Me’ literacy initiative ... to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is now celebrated by over one million people in more than 80 countries and reaches over 31 million ...
Patricia Arquette and Equality Challenges for Women Around the World
The Wall Street Journal - 2/24/2015 7:20:50 PM
“[S]erious gaps and violations remain in every region of the world today,” U.N. Women ... Among the 900 million people who still lack basic literacy skills, more than 60% are female. * In more than 60 countries women lack the right to acquire ...
Here's One Way to Help Girls Around the World This International Women's Day
Glamour - 2/27/2015 2:02:19 PM
A $25 donation pays for after-school programs and mentorship. A $50 donation helps pay for basic literacy education for a girl in a developing country. It's really that simple. On International Women's Day this Sunday, Glamour's Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive ...
Economic Survey: Marked increase in female literacy; Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to address issue
Firstpost - 2/27/2015 8:04:24 AM
There has been a marked improvement in female literacy ... for International Students Assessment (PISA) which measures the knowledge and skills of 15 year-olds has rated Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh only higher to other States in the Country.
A SCRABBLE(R) Tournament on Bay Street Is a Game-Changer for Literacy
Financial Content - 3/2/2015 10:59:48 AM
"It is vitally important that, as Canadians, we are aware of the importance of literacy and how it relates to the well-being and productivity of all people in our country ... is an essential skill in today's world. We believe it's a fundamental right.