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 10 worst countries for women
Market Watch - 12/12/2014 4:56:33 AM
13. Female-to-male income ratio: .28 (tied-8th worst) Labor force participation (m/f): 74% / 26% Literacy rate (m/f): 83% / 50% Percent women in parliament: 0% Yemen is the world’s worst country for women in 2014, according to the WEF. In addition to ...
Book sharing could be life-changing for world's poorest children
Medical Xpress - 12/16/2014 12:51:24 PM
Research¹ by UNESCO suggests that 175 million young people, largely from low and middle income countries, lack basic literacy skills. A World Literacy Foundation study² estimated that illiteracy costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year ...
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 ...
Literacy education is overlooked despite its importance
Examiner - 12/19/2014 12:12:03 PM
Without acquiring the essentials of reading, writing and comprehending written information, succeeding in math and science has become more difficult in our ... Without literacy, all other learning is impossible." Today’s world of technology has made ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
As the world celebrates International Literacy Day 2012, it is pertinent to note that though the ... a literate environment in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high-level international ...
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 ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 11:14:04 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 ...
OECD: English school leavers 'among least literate and numerate in the developed world'
Daily Telegraph - 10/8/2013 10:41:52 AM
According to figures, England is ranked 22nd out of 24 western countries in terms of literacy and 21st for numeracy ... England has some of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world. “These are Labour’s children, educated ...
Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries
CBC - 8/28/2014 9:49:53 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 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 ...
Is the U.S. one of the most educated countries in the world?
9News - 9/14/2014 3:21:40 AM
The percentage of adults performing at the highest literacy level exceeded that figure in ... the most actually get the least out of it." To identify the most educated countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest ...
Students' financial literacy, by country, according to international testing
Fox Business - 7/9/2014 6:35:39 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:
International Literacy Day - 8th September
Earth Times - 9/5/2012 2:30:30 PM
... 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 have included ...
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 ...
Literacy advocate wins Rubenstein prize, but teaching the world to read remains a challenge
Washington Post - 10/9/2014 11:59:02 PM
Room to Read CEO Erin Ganju accepts the Rubenstein Prize, one of the Library of Congress’s literacy awards ... in seven countries in Asia and three countries in Africa. Room to Read’s main goal is to teach the world’s 126 million illiterate children ...