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
Mobile Phones Promote Literacy in Poorest Countries: UN Report
NBC News - 4/24/2014 1:06:26 PM
A new report from UNESCO suggests that mobile phones aren't just promoting communication and commerce in the world's poorest countries, they're also encouraging literacy — especially among women. But technical and content barriers remain. The United ...
Mobile Devices Can Dramatically Improve Literacy Rates In Developing Countries, Says UNESCO
TechCrunch - 4/23/2014 2:55:00 PM
A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world’s population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartphone is not necessary. In fact, many e-book readers use ...
World Book Night promotes literacy
Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake City - 4/23/2014 8:02:48 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Librarians and booksellers all over the country are promoting literacy by giving away free books to those who need them. About 30 to 35 books are chosen by a group of librarians each year for World Book Night, which is on April 23 ...
Cellphones improving literacy in developing world – UN study
PC Tech Magazine - 4/24/2014 6:25:34 AM
The report published on 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries ... technology to help spread reading and literacy.
Mobile tech promotes literacy in developing countries: Unesco
BioScholar - 4/24/2014 7:04:21 PM
Mobile technology is facilitating reading and improving literacy in developing countries where illiteracy rates are high ... According to the statement, there are 774 million people in the world, including 123 million youth, who can’t read or write.
Mobile technology facilitates literacy in developing countries: UNESCO
unmultimedia.org - 4/23/2014 6:01:07 PM
Mobile technology is facilitating literacy in developing countries, according to a report by the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO). The report, "Reading in the Mobile Era" was published on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, which is ...
UN study shows cellphones improving literacy in developing world including Pakistan, India
Pakistan Today - 4/23/2014 12:03:12 PM
The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries ... technology to help spread reading and literacy. The report recommends improving ...
World Book Night encourages donations, promotes literacy
The Western Front Online - 4/22/2014 8:51:06 AM
Thousands of book lovers will gather around the country on Wednesday ... in England and Ireland to encourage reading and bring attention to adult literacy, according to the World Book Night website. This is different than World Book Day, which brings ...
Cellphones ignite a 'reading revolution' in poor countries
The Verge - 4/23/2014 2:04:53 PM
"We're working in parts of the world where historically ... mobile connections have seen tremendous growth in developing countries. Greater access to books won't necessarily raise literacy rates — that's where policymaking and education comes in ...
UNESCO Study Finds Mobile Devices Vastly Unlock Literacy Potential in Developing Countries
Techgage - 4/23/2014 11:56:02 AM
As far as first-world problems go, that has to be right up there as the dumbest. In developing countries, getting access to the latest meme or sports highlight isn’t the concern; getting books to read is. In a large number of these countries, libraries ...
UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy
Gillette News Record - 4/24/2014 5:56:56 AM
PARIS — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare ... improving their overall literacy. The study was conducted among 4,000 people in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria ...
UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries
UNESCO - 4/21/2014 11:54:14 PM
UNESCO has published a report explaining how mobile technology is used to facilitate reading and improve literacy in developing countries. The report was published today, 23 April, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. The report, Reading in the ...
Advancing the Data Revolution through Country-Owned Data
World Bank Group - 4/24/2014 9:13:12 PM
Read the blog post, "Advancing the Data Revolution through Country-Owned Data" from the World Bank Institute Innovation Labs ... and tech communities take part in Data Literacy Bootcamps in Bolivia, Malawi, and Nepal. To read Kiess' full blog post ...
Education Specialist: Literacy and Pastoralist Education
ReliefWeb - 4/22/2014 2:41:52 PM
With 1.3 million children out of school and the qualified teacher to pupil ratio at 1:117, South Sudan has some of the most challenging education indicators in the world ... the establishment of literacy centres around the country, to provide literacy ...
"Main Street Tour" stresses importance of literacy in developing countries
The Exponent - 4/18/2014 9:53:07 AM
As the agency’s senior adviser for international education, Christie Vilsack visited eight different “conflict and crisis” countries last year and is now traveling to various universities throughout the U.S. to share with them the importance of ...