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 most educated countries in the world
USA Today - 9/13/2014 6:46:16 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bring literacy rate on par with world's leading societies, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Economic Times - 9/8/2014 9:48:10 AM
Despite this, our literacy level is below the world average of 84 per cent," the President said. While the country has set a target of 80 per cent literacy by the end of the 12th Plan, Mukherjee said during this period the Government would also seek to ...
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 ...
International Literacy Day – 4 apps that will help improve your reading skills
Htxt.Africa - 9/8/2014 1:51:33 PM
Released today just in time for International Literacy Day, Nal’ibali is a South African app made for primary school kids to help improve the dire literacy statistics in out country. Kids can read books or listen to audio books in all 11 official ...
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 ...
International Literacy Day: So much more to do
Pravda - 9/9/2014 7:52:27 AM
Today in Dhaka, Bangladesh, International Literacy Day is being celebrated ... Incredible as it may seem, today there are countries with literacy rates well below 40 per cent: Mali, for instance, has a rate of 33.6%, Central African Republic 36.8%, Chad ...
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 ...
The world celebrates International Literacy Day
news.uzreport.uz - 9/8/2014 12:32:48 PM
On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international ... During the participation, representatives of our country have met with the European flowers producers and a masters in floral business. Uzbekistan took part in the 80th General ...
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 ...
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 ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/19/2010 10:53:29 AM
We ranked the ten countries with the highest GNI per capita using the most recent data available from the World Bank. To factor in a nation's quality of life, we collected information on literacy, unemployment, and percentage of GDP spent on education.
Speech by Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani at International Literacy Day Celebrations
India Education Diary - 9/8/2014 10:38:16 AM
I welcome you all to the celebrations of International Literacy Day, 2014. I also welcome neo-literates from various parts of the country who are here today with us and all others who are watching this event across the country. 2. Our endeavor today is to ...
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 ...