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
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
Mali: Niger’s neighbor on the west, the literacy rate in ... children. My late grandmother, who emigrated from southern China to Oakland in the early 20th century, never learned to read or write anything beyond her first and last name.
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 10/9/2013 10:33:31 AM
"When you look at this snapshot you do have to conclude that these young people are not any better skilled when it comes to those foundation skills than people in the older generation," he said. He warned of the serious economic implications of ...
India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
Of the 771 million adult illiterates in the world without basic literacy skills ... The report puts India among the 30 countries unable to achieve adult literacy targets by 2015, due to the slow pace of progress. The other countries at risk of not ...
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:58:06 PM
With the NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement on his intentions to step down in 2014, I began thinking about Stern’s legacy. Stern took over the NBA at a time when the league was in decline. There were even talks about the NBA being ...
Literacy and numeracy: which country tops the league?
theguardian.com - 10/8/2013 12:00:36 PM
Membership to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) means that a country has a high level of income and its economy is considered 'developed'. So you might also expect the adults in those countries to be the most highly skilled ...
Assessment Framework for Media and Information Literacy launched by UNESCO
unesco.org - 12/11/2013 10:37:33 AM
UNESCO has launched its Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Assessment Framework for the evaluation of ... a growing influence of media and the need for better management of information and knowledge at professional and societal levels.
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
However, GDP doesn't tell you how much income -- the money that actually ends up in people's pockets -- is produced in a given country. To understand which nation has the most income ... near major powers on the continent, along with its educational ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
Of the world’s 800 million adults who lack the basic learning tools to make informed decisions and participate fully in the development of their societies, nearly 70 per cent live in E9 countries. Tackling the literacy gap is both a moral and development ...
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
With almost one-fifth of the world's oil reserves, the middle-eastern country also maintains the world's largest oil production capacity. According to the US Energy Information Administration's website, Saudi Arabia produced a little over 11,725,000 ...
10 most educated countries in the world
Yahoo! - 10/15/2013 10:19:15 AM
Australia has been a popular destination for international students for some time. In 2009, more than 25% of the total population in Australia was foreign-born, the highest percentage of any country reviewed by the OECD. According to The Wall St. Journal ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff - 6/14/2012 7:26:22 AM
As per the 'Global Financial literacy barometer', India is ranked 23rd among the 28 countries surveyed, with 35 per cent of its population termed financially literate. More than 70 percent of survey respondents cannot endure a personal economic emergency ...
Pranab called for achieving literacy rate at par with leading countries in the world.
http://www.allvoices.com/ - 9/8/2013 1:47:46 PM
India's endeavour should be to bring its literacy rate up to match not only the world average but touch the levels attained by the leading nations, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. "The time has come to put in renewed vigour and concerted...
EU leading action to boost literacy in developing countries
europa.eu - 1/20/2013 11:58:10 PM
In addition to efforts to improve levels of literacy in the EU through its 'Europe Loves Reading' campaign, the European Commission is also at the forefront of action to tackle the problem in the world's developing countries. Since 2007, the Commission has ...
World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?
theguardian.com - 12/6/2010 11:55:03 PM
The world education rankings from the OECD are out. The UK is slipping down in maths, reading and science, and has been overtaken by Poland and Norway, this major study of 65 countries reveals today. Around 470,000 15-year-olds across the world sat a ...
British education in crisis? Literacy and numeracy skills of young people in UK among lowest in developed world
The Independent - 10/8/2013 9:30:17 AM
Young people in the UK lag behind most of the Western world in their mastering of the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and IT, according to an influential study published today. The report, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ...