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
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openequalfree.org - 7/19/2013 9:50:35 PM
Equatorial Guinea has been ranked second, with a literacy rate of 87%. With a history of partnership with universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the country has used international cooperation to boost education projects. “We exceeded the ...
SAARC countries urge regional cooperation to push literacy
Firstpost - 9/7/2013 11:00:08 PM
UNESCO representative Shigeru Aoyagi said the UN body would be happy to work with the South Asian countries in pushing literacy. Saakshar Bharat is the world's largest adult education program, which envisages making 70 million adults literate by 2017.
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
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England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 10/9/2013 10:33:31 AM
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India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
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UNESCO Ranks Equatorial Guinea Highest Adult Literacy Country in Sub-Saharan Africa
Reuters - 9/13/2010 2:57:35 PM
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WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
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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...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
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English children's literacy levels 'among the worst in the developed world'
Daily Mail - 3/5/2014 11:59:52 PM
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World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?
theguardian.com - 12/6/2010 11:55:03 PM
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 numeracy, literacy and science test last year ...
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Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
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