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
Learning Personal Finance as a Life Skill
New York Times - 7/27/2014 11:46:34 PM
is a sign that the subject is taking center stage in the education discussion around the world, paving the way for its inclusion in already packed primary and secondary school curriculums. In countries where it is being taught, financial literacy has been ...
ideastream.org - 7/28/2014 4:28:44 PM
In a recent international survey of financial literacy, American 15-year-olds scored average. That score was less than thrilling to financial experts, who say students from the most developed country on the list should have done better. In Ohio ...
Bike team travels cross country for literacy
Shelby Star - 7/23/2014 6:36:21 PM
Two men peddled their way into Shelby Wednesday afternoon, while biking across the country to raise awareness of illiteracy in third world countries. The two-man endurance team of Christian Teows and Ed Weaver started this journey on June 1 in Pacific ...
Students' financial literacy, by country, according to international testing
Fox Business - 7/9/2014 6:35:39 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development:
Why today’s adults have financial literacy problem
Businessday - 7/25/2014 12:04:27 AM
Not too long ago, CNN Money reported on an international assessment of teenagers and financial literacy. The test, which was administered to 15-year-old students in 18 countries, ranked the United States in the middle. The top results went to Chinese ...
Shanghai teenagers show their financial literacy
China Daily Europe - 7/28/2014 1:33:57 AM
On average, less than 10 percent of the participating countries reached the highest level. "As China's financial hub, Shanghai aims to build itself into an international economic and financial center. Improving teenagers' financial literacy is part of the ...
Students' financial literacy, by country
Denver Post - 7/9/2014 8:51:40 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Country or economy Mean score Shanghai-China 603 ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
The connection between literacy and peace is that it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high-level international round table on ...
African Countries Ranked by Literacy Rate
Open Equal Free - 7/19/2013 9:50:35 PM
Equatorial Guinea has been ranked second, with a literacy rate of 87%. With a history of partnership with universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the country has used international cooperation to boost education projects. “We exceeded the ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
We ranked the ten countries with the highest GNI per capita using the most recent data available from the World Bank. To factor in a nation's quality of life, we collected information on literacy, unemployment, and percentage of GDP spent on education.