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 International Literacy Association Is Now Accepting Nominations For Its First 30 Under 30 List
Financial Content - 5/1/2015 1:59:11 PM
... dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries. With 60 years of experience in the field, ILA believes in the transformative power of literacy to create ...
Only a third of countries have achieved all measurable goals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5/4/2015 3:00:03 PM
Half of sub-Saharan African women do not have basic literacy skills. Goal 5. Achieve gender parity and equality: Gender parity will be achieved at the primary level in 69 percent of countries by 2015. At secondary level, only 48 percent of countries will ...
11 Countries with Highest Standard of Living
INSIDER MONKEY - 5/2/2015 8:35:52 AM
Highest standard of living can be measured thru the country’s level of safety, standard of education (where knowledge as measured by the adult literacy rate and the gross enrolment ratio of the combined primary, secondary and tertiary students), economic ...
Climate and Vaccines: Is The Internet Lowering Our Scientific Literacy?
Make Use Of - 5/5/2015 11:59:54 AM
According to one study of science literacy levels, only 42% of people in the most scientifically literate country in the world, “… have a basic level of scientific literacy necessary to understand media reports about science…”. To find this number ...
James Patterson, world's biggest-selling writer, donates to Australian bookstores
Sydney Morning Herald - 5/4/2015 10:59:39 PM
Patterson's passion for child literacy began with his son's reluctance to read ... home can add up to three years to a child's reading level. A 2014 study across 42 countries by Australian National University researchers found the number of books in ...
World Press Freedom Day: UNESCO event discusses ways to improve quality of journalism
Daily Times - 5/4/2015 11:28:17 PM
Keeping in view the potential number of Urdu audience in Pakistan, UNESCO Islamabad organised the event with editors and producers of leading Urdu print and electronic media to discuss on how to improve the quality of journalism in the country for the ...