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
Financial Literacy and U.S. Teens: Global Study Reveals Path for Improvement
The Huffington Post - 1/28/2015 4:58:04 AM
That is one of the striking conclusions of the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012.
Study: Girls outperform boys in math and science all over the world
VentureBeat - 1/27/2015 4:12:08 PM
The team had access to a standardized international exam ... and science literacy by age 15, regardless of political, economic, social, or gender-equality issues and policies found in those countries,” he concluded. The researchers don’t hypothesize ...
Books written by Wise Kings of India!
Speaking Tree - 1/30/2015 4:44:22 PM
This shows the high literacy amongst the Indian kings and the general public. India must have been the most literate country in the ancient world! Before Moses and Homer were born, India was the only one country in the world with a huge volume of literature.
Rwanda: Govt, Private Sector Partner to Boost ICT Literacy
AllAfrica - 1/29/2015 1:25:07 PM
Efforts to promote digital literacy in the country received a boost yesterday, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and ICDL, an international computer skills certification programme. The two parties will ...
Are Cellphones Really Changing the World?
News Week - 1/28/2015 12:21:53 PM
Around the world, 4.2 billion people are not online. In developing countries only 31 percent of people are online ... is still in its infancy and focused on basics like literacy. For example, the nonprofit Worldreader delivers books on mobile devices ...
OPINION: Russia’s Friendship University, Educating the Developing World for 55 Years
Inter Press Service - 1/27/2015 11:57:25 PM
Since their literacy rates in the 1960’s were very low ... Today, it has over 29,000 graduate and post graduate students – including 6,000 international students from 145 countries. PFUR occupies 125 acres and hosts 27 buildings, enrolls students ...
Why the world is closely watching Southeast Asia’s talents
E27 - 1/26/2015 11:58:37 PM
With the third youngest number of professionals in the world ... the literacy rate in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia is above 92 per cent (versus India’s 63 per cent), and the labour force from the three SEA countries is expected to grow ...
U.S. students need to improve financial literacy
fridayflyer.com - 1/30/2015 5:45:48 AM
That's one of the main findings in the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012. Final results ...
Global study released on U.S. teens’ financial literacy, keys to success
DL Online Giving Information Life - 1/29/2015 8:24:28 AM
That’s one of the main findings in the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies in 2012. Final results were ...
First Lady brings literacy initiative to Bush School with interactive app
Battalion Texas AM - 1/30/2015 5:24:20 AM
“And then that means you will never get a job, you’ll probably go to jail and that’s tragic, so I chose literacy because if more people could read, write and comprehend then they will get to rise in our country.” Bush said she thinks digital books ...
International Study: Girls Better Than Boys in Academic Achievement Everywhere
Jewish Business News - 1/28/2015 10:41:40 AM
Now, using international data ... and science literacy by age 15, regardless of political, economic, social or gender equality issues and policies found in those countries.” According to the data, boys fall behind girls in overall achievement across ...
Braille still needed in digital world
townandcountrymagazine.com.au - 1/31/2015 10:16:38 AM
Mitzi Raaphorst, a Braille Trainer at Vision Australia, has been helping others follow the dots to literacy for nearly 14 years ... mean braille is rapidly becoming a part of the digital world. Mitzi uses a BrailleNote — a portable device with an ...
Barbara Bush Hosts Reading Event Seen Around the World
KBTX - 1/29/2015 11:04:57 PM
Thursday, for the eighth year, students from across the country and around the world got the chance to hear from Former First Lady Barbara Bush on the importance of literacy. She was part of a teleconference at the Bush Library that had tens of thousands ...
Rwanda Pulls In Skills Development Program To Boost ICT Literacy
AFKinside - 1/29/2015 2:29:33 PM
According to the report, a private sector computer skills program — International Computer Driving License ... The New Times also reported that once the country’s literacy rate begins to increase, professional institutions and businesses are expected ...
Rwanda to advance digital literacy
Spy Ghana - 1/29/2015 4:31:14 PM
The International Computer Driving Licence ... There are so many places in the country where IT is taught but so far there has not been a national standard of ICT literacy. It is important that they not only acquire skills but they have accredited ...