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
11 Least Educated Countries in the World
INSIDER MONKEY - 5/19/2015 2:46:26 AM
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Rockwood students aim to fight hunger in Third World countries
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/19/2015 10:53:12 AM
Kenya’s literacy rate is particularly high because the government ... Because she came from a poor village in Kenya, she knows how life in the Third World country of Kenya is. Zellipah got a good education and moved to America. Eventually she got a ...
UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment
United Nations Development Program - 5/21/2015 8:37:48 PM
The classification of LDCs is contingent on a number of key human development indicators, including levels of poverty, literacy ... as a country remains an LDC. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve ...
Catalyzing Financial Education to Promote Financial Inclusion in MENA
The World Bank - 5/22/2015 10:09:40 PM
Countries need to mobilize financial literacy champions within national governments ... Authority (Central Bank), shared Palestine’s experience of working with international policymakers to set up a robust consumer protection framework for microfinance ...
See, Told You….Girls Really Are Smarter than Boys in Asean Education
establishmentpost.com - 5/23/2015 12:18:31 AM
The last programme for international student assessment (Pisa ... literacy and science literacy and in 2012 included optional sections on financial literacy and problem solving. The five countries participating in Asean education for Pisa include ...
World Bank announces $5bn drive to improve quality of global education
theguardian.com - 5/18/2015 4:52:18 PM
The announcement comes a day before leaders from 160 countries gather in South Korea for the World Education Forum ... early childhood care and education, and adult literacy.” Kim said he hopes to replicate the success the bank has had using the same ...
India has more illiterates than anywhere in the world—partly because of a preference for sons
Quartz - 5/22/2015 4:58:53 AM
India is home to the world’s largest population of illiterates. And part of the blame, according to a new study, may lie in the country’s preference for ... does not have much effect on children’s literacy or health in a rich family.
ProLiteracy Announces Conference on Adult Literacy in Charleston, S.C.
StreetInsider - 5/22/2015 5:56:09 AM
When individuals the world over learn how to read ... and creating public awareness for adult literacy. Low literacy has become such a serious problem in our country that 36 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation announces Atlanta area grant awards
Atlanta Daily World - 5/22/2015 1:41:26 PM
“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has to nearly six million people,” said Rick ...
'Zimbabwe leads Africa with an adult literacy rate of over 90%.' True or false?
rdm.co.za - 5/22/2015 1:19:57 PM
Countries measure literacy differently But using this data to rank countries ... told Africa Check that one of the problems with international comparisons is that “countries apply different definitions of what it means to be ‘literate’”.
Minister takes centre stage at World Education Forum
Ghana Web - 5/22/2015 5:37:39 PM
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, is leading a high powered government delegation to the World Education Forum scheduled ... and to increase adult literacy by 50 per cent. The rest are to achieve gender parity by 2005, gender ...
World Bank to invest $5bn in result-based learning
The Sun - 5/22/2015 12:41:11 AM
But the new global goal for 2030 is not only to get all the remaining children in school but to also make sure they are learning the literacy ... period (2000-2015), the World Bank Group said it fulfilled its promise that no country with a credible ...
World Bank Doubles Results-Based Financing for Education to $5 billion
The New Indian Express - 5/19/2015 2:32:07 AM
a World Bank Group statement said on Monday. More than 160 countries are meeting in South Korea this week to discuss a new goal and framework for action on education for the next 15 years. This will be part of the Sustainable Development Goals to be ...
World Bank Group Offers US$5 Billion For Education Financing
Spy Ghana - 5/18/2015 1:39:01 PM
The new global goal for 2030 is not only to get all the remaining children in school but also make sure they are learning the literacy ... MDGs period (2000-2015), the World Bank Group fulfilled its promise that no country with a credible education ...
We Need More Mental Illness Literacy
The Huffington Post - 5/22/2015 5:37:39 PM
Efforts at improving mental illness literacy in both countries have been hampered by a problematic ... director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the world's largest government funded organization researching mental illnesses.