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
World Book Night promotes literacy
Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake City - 4/23/2014 8:02:48 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Librarians and booksellers all over the country are promoting literacy by giving away free books to those who need them. About 30 to 35 books are chosen by a group of librarians each year for World Book Night, which is on April 23 ...
Mobile technology facilitates literacy in developing countries: UNESCO
unmultimedia.org - 4/23/2014 6:01:07 PM
Mobile technology is facilitating literacy in developing countries, according to a report by the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO). The report, "Reading in the Mobile Era" was published on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, which is ...
Mobile phones found to help boost literacy rates in developing countries
news.ie.msn.com - 4/23/2014 3:52:16 PM
WorldReader Facebook ACCESS TO BASIC mobile phones can help boost literacy rates in developing countries and could potentially six billion people in the world, according to a new report from UN education agency UNESCO. The report, called Reading in the ...
Cellphones improving literacy in developing world – UN study
PC Tech Magazine - 4/24/2014 6:25:34 AM
The report published on 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries ... technology to help spread reading and literacy.
Mobile Devices Can Dramatically Improve Literacy Rates In Developing Countries, Says UNESCO
TechCrunch - 4/23/2014 3:02:09 PM
A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world’s population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartphone is not necessary. In fact, many e-book readers use ...
UNESCO Study Finds Mobile Devices Vastly Unlock Literacy Potential in Developing Countries
Techgage - 4/23/2014 11:56:02 AM
As far as first-world problems go, that has to be right up there as the dumbest. In developing countries, getting access to the latest meme or sports highlight isn’t the concern; getting books to read is. In a large number of these countries, libraries ...
World Book Night encourages donations, promotes literacy
The Western Front Online - 4/22/2014 8:51:06 AM
Thousands of book lovers will gather around the country on Wednesday ... in England and Ireland to encourage reading and bring attention to adult literacy, according to the World Book Night website. This is different than World Book Day, which brings ...
2014 World Literacy Summit: The power and promise of literacy
UNICEF Australia - 4/17/2014 3:34:55 AM
but risked all to offer the world’s most vulnerable children a literate life. Literacy is a basic human right. It is also the only sustainable solution to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty plaguing so many countries and regions. New and ...
UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy
Gillette News Record - 4/24/2014 5:56:56 AM
PARIS — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare ... improving their overall literacy. The study was conducted among 4,000 people in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria ...
UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries
UNESCO - 4/21/2014 11:54:14 PM
UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries. The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. The report, Reading in the ...
"Main Street Tour" stresses importance of literacy in developing countries
The Exponent - 4/18/2014 9:53:07 AM
As the agency’s senior adviser for international education, Christie Vilsack visited eight different “conflict and crisis” countries last year and is now traveling to various universities throughout the U.S. to share with them the importance of ...
Education Specialist: Literacy and Pastoralist Education
ReliefWeb - 4/22/2014 2:41:52 PM
With 1.3 million children out of school and the qualified teacher to pupil ratio at 1:117, South Sudan has some of the most challenging education indicators in the world ... the establishment of literacy centres around the country, to provide literacy ...
Study Finds Mobile Devices Unlock Literacy Potential, Sparking a Reading Revolution in Developing Countries
Yahoo News - 4/24/2014 4:16:43 AM
In celebration of World Book Day ... mobile devices can help significantly enhance people’s literacy skills. According to the responses of nearly 5,000 people across seven developing countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and ...
Tripura achieves highest literacy
The Telegraph - 4/19/2014 4:18:29 PM
Agartala, Sept. 9: Tripura has at long last achieved the highest rate of literacy in the country at 94.65 per cent and has now overtaken Kerala (93.91). Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar disclosed this at a function on World Literacy Day yesterday.