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, 2014See also: Literacy map
The Role of Information Literacy in Higher Education
moroccoworldnews.com - 7/21/2015 8:34:03 AM
Fez – The tsunami of information in today’s world has urged modern societies ... managed to fully incorporate information literacy within the corpuses of their educational systems, many developing countries continue to adopt traditional forms of ...
Penn Education Prof Promotes Ideas on International Development
upenn.edu - 7/29/2015 11:55:08 PM
edited by Wagner provides a comprehensive research-based review of learning and educational quality in developing countries. Written by specialists from around the world, the book covers areas such as early literacy, new technology, conflict-affected ...
Climate Change Perceptions Vary Between Developed and Developing Countries
Triple Pundit - 7/31/2015 8:29:21 AM
climate literacy and public understanding of the local dimensions of climate change are vital to public engagement and support for climate action.” Researchers analyzed data from representative samples of 119 countries collected for the Gallup World Poll ...
Fidel Castro awarded Honoris Causa by Bolivian university
cubanews.ain.cu - 8/3/2015 11:10:26 AM
The University authority recalled the life and work of the Cuban leader before and after the 1959 revolutionary triumph and stressed Fidel´s support and solidarity towards the humblest countries of the world ... program and the literacy program known ...
UN development negotiations hampered by excessive targets
EurActiv.com - 7/27/2015 2:32:01 PM
Following the International Conference on Financing for Development ... both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy" by 2030. "Some countries want to keep the 'x', particularly the small island states, and others want to replace it with 'a ...
Climate change: world’s wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat
theguardian.com - 7/28/2015 4:29:32 AM
Photograph: Damir Sagolj/REUTERS People living in the world’s wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive ... that improving basic education, climate literacy, and public understanding of ...
Boosting Literacy Via Adult And Non-Formal Education
P.M. News Nigeria - 7/24/2015 3:54:18 PM
the country may not be able to reach a technologically competitive standing in the world. Stakeholders, therefore, opine that the Federal Government established the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC) through Decree ...
Financial literacy app gets a Philippine version, aims to empower emerging markets
International Business Times AU - 8/3/2015 1:26:26 PM
Financial literacy website ... more languages. The international version of the app was launched in the Philippines last July 22. As Einhorn noted, economic and finance updates only take a small part of the media coverage in the country.
UK School Kids ‘Rude, Bone Idle and Cosseted by Welfare State’, Say Chinese Teachers
Breitbart News - 8/3/2015 5:01:11 PM
Traditional “chalk and talk” teaching methods favoured by the Chinese have been credited with sending their country rocketing up the international league tables in science, maths and literacy. Britain, which has been moving away from these methods in ...
Hunza Valley: Pakistan's 'real Shangri-La' is a world free from militant Islamists, poverty, pollution and a lacklustre education system
The Independent - 7/25/2015 12:15:23 AM
A World Bank study published last year concluded that female literacy in parts of the Hunza Valley had reached ... the extremist ideology that has taken root in other parts of the country. “When you have communities improving their own lives and ...
RIVERSIDE: Educators address literacy on a global scale
The Press-Enterprise - 7/23/2015 2:19:27 AM
“A literacy challenge that faces Riverside USD, but as I discovered, also countries around the world, is ... the increasing demand for … strong communication and critical thinking skills while also ensuring that students are solid in the foundational ...
Conakry: World Book Capital for 2017
Himalayan Times - 7/26/2015 7:16:32 AM
PARIS: The Unesco on July 21 announced that Conakry — the capital of Guinea in west Africa — will be the World Book Capital for 2017 ... development goals with a strong emphasis on youth and literacy”, Xinhua reported. “Books, learning and reading ...
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 ...
Countries most at risk are least familiar with term ‘climate change’
BusinessMirror. - 7/31/2015 11:59:56 PM
NEW YORK—Although four in 10 adults have never heard the phrase “climate change,” many are aware that something is amiss with local weather patterns, a new survey covering 119 countries has ... climate literacy and public understanding of the local ...
The Tri-City Scoop: Ice Cream for Literacy
Patch - 8/3/2015 3:56:46 PM
... 30 countries come to Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley for help,” noted Coker. “The majority of our students are from Spanish-speaking countries, but many community members that request tutoring come from all over the world. We currently have ...