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 Newsroom’ Rebuttal: America Is Not The Greatest Country In The World?
WesternJournalism - 7/2/2015 2:15:43 AM
Yeah, in my opinion, I think we’re more free. WILL McAVOY: There’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy. Twenty-seventh in math. Twenty-second in science.
Roanoke group helps immigrants celebrate their new country
The Roanoke Times - 7/4/2015 4:43:40 AM
Then one day, he heard Blue Ridge Literacy offered citizenship classes. He spent the next few months re-learning American history, and he became a U.S. citizen two years ago. “It’s the best country in the world,” he said. “I don’t care what ...
Philippines ranks 68th worldwide in financial literacy index
Philstar - 7/1/2015 4:35:54 PM
The study on financial education in Asia indicates majority of Asian nations do not have a national strategy for financial education and literacy, or that the existing programs lag behind the rest of the world ... in the country. In addition, the National ...
Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize
Times Union - 7/1/2015 6:51:55 PM
Bangladesh was once listed as the second poorest country in the world. BRAC has grown into one of the ... A savings account and financial literacy training helps teach them to manage money, and a one-time grant provides a productive asset — such as ...
CBN develops financial literacy blueprint for pupils
Punch - 7/2/2015 11:01:16 PM
The CBN Assistant Director, Consumer Protection Department, Hajiya Khadijat Kassim, said this at a symposium organised by a non-governmental organisation, Ajapa World Company, to re-launch its financial literacy project in Lagos, recently. Kassim said the ...
Fazle Hasan Abed wins World Food Prize
The Daily Star - 7/2/2015 1:28:36 PM
Bangladesh was once listed as the second poorest country in the world. Brac has grown into one of the ... A savings account and financial literacy training helps teach them to manage money, and a one-time grant provides a productive asset — such as ...
Concerns on mental health literacy
Times of Malta - 7/3/2015 11:57:21 PM
According to the World Health Organisation, health literacy is the degree to which people are able ... a person’s attitude and behaviour towards those affected. Yet, in most countries, including Malta, access to mental health services is significantly ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff India Abroad - 6/14/2012 12:55:39 PM
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 ...
Students' financial literacy, by country
Yahoo Finance - 7/9/2014 8:01:33 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: US International News Budget, Tax & Economy
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 ...
Tata Trusts and Google launch internet literacy campaign for women in rural India and their communities
Exchange 4 Media - 7/4/2015 3:32:05 AM
which currently puts women in rural India at further risk of getting marginalized in the society as the world around them benefits from getting online. The ‘Internet Saathi’ initiative brings us closer to the Digital India vision of the country.
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
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 ...
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 five ... To identify the most educated countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest proportions of residents aged 25 to 64 with ...