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
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 ...
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 ...
World Bank Group helps Tajiks increase financial literacy
China - 2/23/2015 2:07:03 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 ...
Local elementary school has students from 28+ countries
WISH-TV - 2/25/2015 10:18:36 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — To take a trip around the world ... the school’s literacy specialist. Of the approximately 700 students here, more than half are originally from somewhere else. “We have over 28 countries represented. We have 17 languages ...
Govt wants WB to focus on infrastructure in next country programme
The Daily Star - 2/21/2015 6:19:58 PM
The vice president of the World Bank for its South Asia region, Annette Dixon, arrived in the capital yesterday on a five-day visit. Officials said the WB's involvement in the country's infrastructure ... increased life expectancy, literacy, and improved ...
Pavcnik discusses international trade, labor
Dartmouth - 2/26/2015 7:15:29 AM
She noted that farmers in countries such as India ... other half was a product of increased international trade. She cited India as a counterexample, where increases in trade have led to declines in schooling and literacy and increases in child labor.
International students outperform American millennials, study finds
Daily Free Press - 2/20/2015 2:57:44 AM
“America’s Skill Challenge: Millennials and the Future” used data from the Programme for the International Assessment ... the United States and 21 other countries. The report measured three main skill sets: literacy, numeracy and problem solving ...
American missionary from Seattle kidnapped by masked gunmen in Nigeria
New York Daily News - 2/24/2015 11:35:33 AM
according to theFree Methodist World Missions website. Judy O'Brien, the reverend's friend from college, said Phyllis Sortor has "had a lot of opposition" because of her work to spread Christianity in a predominantly Muslim country. "She's grown up with ...
Practical Money: Financial literacy and U.S. teens: Global study offers path for improvement
The Sentinel - 2/18/2015 6:56:20 AM
That's one of the main findings in the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment ... the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012. Final results were released in ...
Second global buyer of coffee to boost Tanzania bean production by 50 pct
IPP Media - 2/25/2015 6:19:24 AM
The continent has at least 21 coffee-producing countries, accounting for 11 percent of 2014 global output, according to data from the International Coffee Organisation ... gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to ...
NEF Launches National Digital Literacy Initiative
Financial Content - 2/18/2015 3:24:34 PM
This public-private partnership provides schools world-class Digital Literacy Academies at no cost ... "Digital literacy is a requirement for middle school students in many countries. That is why the Federal NCLB (No Child Left Behind) law mandated ...
New charity campaign launched by the KHDA
Gulf News - 2/23/2015 1:38:25 PM
Literacy and Creativity’ event. Dr Al Karam explained that to fulfil the national agenda goals, UAE students must be among the 15 highest performing countries in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and top 20 highest performing ...
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 ...
These are the math and tech literacy questions many Americans can’t answer
VentureBeat - 2/18/2015 8:36:33 AM
A new report finds that America is a terribly unequal place when it comes to math and technological literacy ... for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) gives a representative sample of adults from each country a computerized ...
Health literacy: towards system level solutions
BMJ - 2/24/2015 8:32:25 PM
A new World Health Organization toolkit aimed at ... of the world too In a new resource aimed at low and middle income countries, the World Health Organization has redefined health literacy as “the personal characteristics and social resources needed ...