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
No Countries In Sub-Saharan Africa Reached Global Education Goals
Modern Ghana - 4/22/2015 11:25:13 AM
All countries should ratify and implement international conventions on the minimum age for employment. Literacy policies should link up with community needs. Gender disparities at all levels must be reduced. Equity: Programmes and funding should be ...
UAE one of most hyper-connected countries on Earth
Emirates247 - 4/26/2015 5:29:43 AM
The world described by Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is already here: technology is completely woven into the fabric of everyday life. "The internet has vast untapped potential for countries to raise their global cultural profiles. Culture is key to ...
The International Literacy Association Launches Coalition During First Leaders For Literacy Day On April 14th
military-technologies.net - 4/15/2015 11:36:30 PM
... for international education at United States Agency for International Development (USAID), explores the critical role literacy plays in addressing issues faced by developing countries: Young Storytellers and the Power of Literacy. Pam Allyn ...
Sri Lanka — Explaining conflict set off by Western expectations
Lankaweb - 4/23/2015 12:18:18 AM
And today, according to Wikipedia’s “List of countries by literacy rate” the two nations ... However, Singapore is now classified in the developed world. Its literacy has risen to a rate of 95.9% . For physical quality of life indicators such ...
On World Book Day, UN hails reading and writing as pillars of sustainable societies
UN News Centre - 4/22/2015 11:56:50 PM
World Book and Copyright Day – marked around the world on 23 April – was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1995 and is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries by schools ... development goals (SDGs). “Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential ...
World Book Night events across the North East
thejournal.co.uk - 4/20/2015 11:59:12 PM
But, from a literary perspective, it has become a bit more special since 2011 when publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers and others came together to work out a way of spreading their love of reading and improving literacy levels. World Book Night ...
World Book Day: NGO Initiates Programme to Promote Reading in Nigeria
cp-africa.com - 4/22/2015 11:56:50 PM
According to Daniel, “Nigeria is one of the countries that has high illiteracy level. To promote reading, mass literacy must also be promoted. “Everybody should be able to read a book to expand their knowledge particularly books that are outside your ...
New scheme to improve child literacy is praised by teachers
Oxford Mail - 4/24/2015 10:57:12 PM
TEACHERS have welcomed a new programme to help boost literacy skills among primary school pupils ... King Alfred’s is also encouraging teachers to use authentic reading from real-world sources and employ new strategies to help students with spelling.
Money Matters: Financial Literacy Month
newsplex.com - 4/21/2015 11:07:55 PM
... state of financial literacy in our country? To put it bluntly, we are illiterate when it comes to money. If our literacy rate (our ability to read) was as low as our financial literacy, we would be a third world country. And that is really sad ...
APO in Climate Change Adaptation in Drylands (For candidates from eligible developing countries only)
ReliefWeb - 4/24/2015 1:17:22 PM
He/she will have valuable networking opportunities in these countries, with regional and sub-regional organizations (e.g. African Union Commission, IGAD, EAC, COMESA) and international ... Computer literacy (fluency on Word, Excel, internet and databases ...
It's All in the Connections: Changing the World With Women One Call at a Time
The Huffington Post - 4/24/2015 8:38:12 AM
The report, "Bridging the Gender Gap: mobile access and usage of low- and middle-income countries," finds that 1.7 billion women around the world do not own mobile ... systemic discrimination, technical literacy, basic confidence, and security and harassment.
Elementary school students experience world culture at SVSU
MLive - 4/16/2015 10:13:35 AM
International students attending SVSU ... said each group of elementary students were assigned a different country and got to visit six stations that teach about currency, art, language, literacy through hands-on activities. Saginaw Public Schools, the ...
Free book giveaway on World Book Night
Bradley Stoke Journal - 4/22/2015 9:12:12 PM
By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country, World Book Night reaches out to the millions ... programmes and partnerships throughout the year designed to improve literacy. Photo: Local book ‘givers’ pictured at Bradley Stoke ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff India Abroad - 6/14/2012 7:40:41 AM
As per the 'Global Financial literacy barometer', India is ranked 23rd among the 28 countries surveyed ... places that parents talk with their kids about money, says the Visa's International Financial Literacy Barometer. Click NEXT to read more...
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 ...