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
PBC Literacy Coalition 2014 Read for the Record local campaign Oct. 21
Examiner - 10/1/2014 4:56:02 AM
Read the official world record announcement. In Palm Beach County (through the PBC Literacy Coalition), join this annual event in which thousands of adults in Palm Beach County and across the country will be reading Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells to ...
Tagum grabs country's highest literacy award
news.pia.gov.ph - 9/24/2014 6:37:24 AM
In his acceptance speech delivered to local government leaders and literacy stakeholders from the different parts of the country, Mayor Allan L ... is its historic win of the UNESCO King Sejong International Literacy Prize and the Hall of Fame Award ...
How Thousands of Bookmarks Are Going to Improve Global Literacy
Save the Children - 9/28/2014 11:57:45 PM
29, 2014) — The Bezos Family Foundation, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group announce the launch of the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge to give thousands of children in underserved countries ... materials to their international book banks ...
Target makes donation to HISD Literacy By 3 initiative
Your Houston News - 9/28/2014 11:36:17 PM
The Houston Independent School District will continue to build on its literacy efforts through a $95,000 grant from the Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) — just in time to celebrate International ... communities across the country. These efforts include ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
World Literacy Day passes almost unnoticed
Daily Times - 9/8/2014 8:46:44 PM
LAHORE: Where Pakistan stands at the bottom of literacy rate ranking among South Asian countries, the World Literacy Day passed almost unnoticed as not even a single ceremony was held across the city on government level on Monday. The UNESCO proclaimed ...
Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries
CBC - 8/28/2014 8:45:27 PM
True or false? The council cautioned that Canada's high international ranking should be "interpreted carefully as Canadian data are more recent and science literacy has been improving over time in most countries." In fact, Canadians' own science literacy ...
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 ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 3:35:56 AM
... the rest of the world to celebrate International Literacy Day. The Day was set aside by the United Nations (UN) as an annual event for evaluating literacy programmes and all actions taken by member countries of the UN to address the old age problem of ...
Students' financial literacy, by country
Denver Post - 7/9/2014 2:10:48 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Country or economy Mean score Shanghai-China 603 ...
OECD: English school leavers 'among least literate and numerate in the developed world'
Daily Telegraph - 10/8/2013 8:54:29 AM
England was the only country in the developed world in which adults aged 55-to-65 performed better in literacy and numeracy than those aged 16-to-24 after taking account of other factors such as the economic background of those taking the test. The ...
Report: Most unfair countries for women
USA Today - 11/2/2013 1:32:39 PM
Countries scored worse by each measure when the gap between men and women for that measure was the widest. For example, women in Yemen do not have the lowest literacy rate in the world, but the gap between men and women by that measure is the widest ...
Digital literacy in the developing world: a gender gap
THE CONVERSATION - 7/8/2014 1:07:34 AM
In the pervasively connected world of the 21st century ... With over-population being one of the principal difficulties faced by developing countries, digital literacy has the potential to give women access to education and the means to begin reversing ...
International Literacy Day - 8th September
Earth Times - 9/5/2012 2:30:30 PM
... countries with a poor level of literacy were also among the poorest countries in the world and that there was a close connection between illiteracy and prejudice against women. Each year International Literacy Day has a particular theme. Past themes ...
Students' financial literacy, by country, according to international testing
Fox Business - 7/9/2014 8:15:52 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: