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
SA has highest 'digital literacy' in Africa - study
Fin24 - 12/8/2016 12:52:57 PM
Johannesburg - South Africa has been rated as the country with the highest digital literacy in Africa ... organisations and firms such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Economic Outlook, October 2016, World Economic Forum (WEF) Global ...
Some countries surpass U.S. as average mathematics literacy score declines
Yahoo Finance - 12/6/2016 10:03:32 AM
Singapore was the top performer in the world ... literacy. PISA was developed and organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization made up of 35 mostly industrialized member countries, and ...
Copying Singapore’s Math Homework
The Wall Street Journal - 12/7/2016 11:59:51 PM
Every three years, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in dozens of countries take an exam that tests their knowledge in science, math, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. The most recent results, issued this week, provide rich ...
On the world stage, U.S. students fall behind
Washington Post - 12/6/2016 4:55:43 AM
The United States ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy ... that is still relatively poor can outperform students in the wealthiest country in the world. “We’re living in a world that is highly integrated,” Tucker said.
Poorest Countries In Africa
worldatlas.com - 11/28/2016 11:49:03 PM
Malawi is among the world's least developed nations ... Coffee and tea are the country’s primary export items. The country’s landlocked geography, low literacy rates, poor legal system, lack of economic freedom, and high rates of HIV/AIDS are barriers ...
How 'worldschooling' parents are educating their kids -- by traveling the world (Video)
Tree Hugger - 12/7/2016 4:28:53 PM
We witnessed the world ... such as literacy, mathematical skills, and critical analysis” is key, says Jennifer Fondiller, dean of admissions at Barnard College: Successful students have submitted journal reflections, lists of books read, countries ...
US high schoolers fall behind world peers in math, study says
Raw Story - 12/6/2016 4:30:04 PM
The triennial report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that 15-year-old U.S. students ranked 40th in the world in math last year out of 72 countries or ... ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading ...
If Massachusetts Were A Country, How Would Its Students Rank In The World?
Washington Monthly - 12/7/2016 10:19:39 PM
According to the most recent results from 2015, if Massachusetts were a country, it would compete with some of the world’s top-performing education systems. The state would rank second in reading literacy – tied with Canada and just behind Singapore ...
The Importance of Financial Inclusion in the Developing World
The Global Dispatch - 11/30/2016 8:04:47 PM
This perfectly illustrates the problem the developing world faces ... education and jobs in developing countries improves, the distribution of wealth will not change until knowledge of these key pillars of financial literacy is widespread.
Fidel Castro’s Cuban Legacy: True Democracy Of Good Health Care, Low Infant Mortality, High Literacy & Ecosocialism
Counter Currents - 12/1/2016 5:08:48 AM
(b) Caribbean countries invaded by the US in living ... have waged an exemplary battle at the Summit and taught the world a great lesson” . Socialist Cuba’s high literacy, high female literacy and truth-telling. A massive achievement of the ...
Qatar’s students make strides in world educational rankings
qatarscoop.com - 12/8/2016 5:57:46 AM
About 540,000 students in 72 countries took the exam last year ... the reasons why we consistently see low performance across the Arab world.” More work is required to improve literacy in early-years programs to address this issue, she added.
Data Collaboratives for Local Impact: A Model for Building Country-Level Capacity to Use Data
ReliefWeb - 12/7/2016 7:53:29 AM
In Africa — the continent most affected by HIV/AIDS and home to half of MCC’s partner countries — more than 90 percent of the population has access to cell phones and about one-quarter has access to smartphones. Still, data literacy skills in many ...
Croatia Becomes World’s First ‘Free Reading Zone’
signature-reads.com - 12/8/2016 9:35:30 PM
Croatia makes a big move toward literacy and overall literary appreciation ... By establishing themselves as the world’s first so-called Free Reading Zone, the country claims bragging rights to “the first time that a free library, rich with ...
Digital literacy key to more effective e-payments: Mobikwik
m.moneycontrol.com - 12/8/2016 8:52:33 PM
The government’s latest measures such as discounts on fuel and railway ticket purchases made through cards and e-wallets are vital for the country to move to a cashless ... robust internet coverage and digital literacy to make the move’s impact ...
Mapping Global School Rankings
googlemapsmania.blogspot.com - 12/8/2016 3:51:55 PM
in which case the poor standards in the teaching of literacy means that you will probably struggle with the long words. The OECD's 'Programme for International Student Assessment' (Pisa) assesses education rankings in countries around the world in the core ...