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 literacy imperative
The Express Tribune - 11/21/2014 6:36:01 PM
According to World Bank indicators ... progress that takes place and will ensure permanent social unrest. The raising of literacy on a war footing alone can put the country on track. The clock is ticking against us.
Ontario students among the most computer-savvy in the world
The Star - 11/20/2014 12:39:17 PM
The international study surveyed around 60,000 Grade 8 students in 20 countries. Students were evaluated on their computer literacy which included how well they could collect, use, share and create information with a computer. Almost all Ontario students ...
Ontario students among best in computer literacy, study shows
CBC - 11/20/2014 3:23:56 PM
The International Computer and Information Literacy Study was administered last year to some 60,000 Grade 8 students in 20 countries. The study looks at students' ability to collect, manage, produce and exchange information using a computer, as well as ...
Canada's Ontario Students Score High Rank In Global Survey Of Computer Skills
International Business Times - 11/22/2014 1:52:40 AM
The International Computer and Information Literacy Study was administered in 2013 to some 60,000 Grade 8 students in 20 countries. The Ontario grade 8 students scored an average of 547 points out of 600, which is 47 points higher than the international ...
International Affairs Indexes and Country Rankings
Council on Foreign Relations - 11/19/2014 4:36:42 PM
Indexes covering topics of education including test scores, access to education, literacy levels, how long in school/level of degrees obtained. Data visualization, country profiles, graphics, maps of education around the world, projections; most data ...
South Sudan launches literacy drive in rural areas
worldbulletin.net - 11/21/2014 12:38:06 PM
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there is a need to promote community teaching centers across the country. "South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world," Caroline Ledel ...
Literacy Bridge, UNICEF, and ARM Unite to Help 40,000 People Living in Extreme Poverty
Bloomberg - 11/20/2014 9:54:39 AM
About Literacy Bridge Literacy Bridge’s mission is to empower the world’s most underserved communities with ... and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Together with their partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries ...
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 ... 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 ...
SUNY Potsdam's literacy outreach programs benefit from Corning contributions
North Country Now - 11/20/2014 11:49:11 AM
POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam’s literacy outreach programs have benefitted from donations ... CPS is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of ...
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 ...
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 8:54:29 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...