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
Literacy and Pakistan
DAWN Group - 5/22/2013 4:58:28 AM
Pakistan ranks at 113th position among 120 countries of ... occurred at the beginning when in 1947 among 10,000 primary schools only 1,700 were for girls and among 19 professional colleges only two were for women. The GDP for education is ...
Improving women's financial literacy, worldwide
Minuteman News Center - 5/21/2013 9:53:09 AM
Fascinating details revealed include: • Richard Cordray, Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, noted that “a large majority of K-12 teachers say that personal finance should be taught in school, yet less than a third say ...
Statistics department conducting literacy and integrity surveys
mmail.com.my - 5/20/2013 11:59:01 PM
The surveys aim to gauge the effectiveness of the education system and indicator of the country's level of development. "The results of these surveys will be compared with the world literacy community. The information gathered from respondents include ...
Lions Clubs International Multiple District 301 Philippines: Leading the way to literacy in a World of service
Yahoo! - 5/18/2013 7:29:22 PM
Lionism came to the Philippines in 1949 with the chartering of Manila City ... eyeglasses for the elderly, hearing aids for the hearing-impaired, surgery for cataract and other eye diseases, books and computers for schools. Lions are among the first ...
Tripura to emerge as fully literate state by September
articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com - 4/12/2013 3:47:12 PM
AGARTALA: Tripura will emerge as a total literate state in the country before World Literacy Day on September 8, a minister said today. A meeting of the State Literacy Mission Authority presided by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar reviewed the status ...
Improving women's financial literacy
Daily Comet - 5/18/2013 1:35:38 AM
Are the 70 percent of the developing world's adult population with no formal bank account doomed to a life of economic uncertainty and financial illiteracy? If a woman's culture dictates that she should always put her family's financial needs ahead of her ...
America’s women face unique financial literacy needs
FOX News - 5/18/2013 2:04:16 AM
For years, those of us who toil in the field of improving financial literacy in the U.S. have assumed that women face economic hurdles that men never see. Now we have the data to prove it. Most troubling, American women are far less likely than ...
Watertown welcomes new citizens at naturalization ceremony
Abington Mariner - 5/15/2013 1:17:43 AM
Another Project Literacy student, Hamlet Karapetyan, then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by a video from President Obama, in which he congratulated and welcomed the new citizens to America, a country “which has always been ...
Dollar General gives $34,000 for literacy programs in El Paso
El Paso Times - 5/21/2013 5:56:56 AM
Since its founding in 1993, the foundation has awarded $81 million in literacy grants, the company reported. A list of its latest grants to a long list of organizations across the country is available at dgliteracy.org
Personal finance: Improving women’s financial literacy, worldwide
Hazard Herald - 5/14/2013 3:27:45 AM
Are the 70 percent of the developing world’s adult population with no formal bank account doomed to a life of economic uncertainty and financial illiteracy? If a woman’s culture dictates that she should always put her family’s financial needs ahead ...
Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa
Council on Foreign Relations - 5/6/2013 5:56:14 PM
As the 2002 Arab Human Development Report noted, adult literacy in the Arab world is shamefully low–and lower than the average in developing countries. However, countries are making efforts to tackle their literacy challenges. The above graph shows ...
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Selects Republica as Agency of Record
The Wall Street Journal - 5/20/2013 7:34:09 PM
Republica will lead the development of a national advocacy movement to generate awareness for family literacy. MIAMI, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Republica, one of America's fastest-growing agencies, announced today that it has been selected ...
Popular movies help children improve literacy
HealthCanal - 5/19/2013 9:29:52 PM
Students watched popular children’s movies using subtitles to increase reading mileage to foster comprehension and fluency in reading. Students do not passively watch a film with subtitles. Instead the moving image is interwoven with activities that ...
Children's Librarians Introduce a Summer Reading List Built for Little Ones
Yahoo! Finance - 5/21/2013 1:13:35 PM
Hundreds of libraries across the country run ongoing LEGO DUPLO Read ... we can encourage children to develop an early love of reading, foster early literacy skills and build a strong foundation for future learning." Bricks Are Foundational ...
New Study Reveals Workers Around the World are Unprepared for Retirement
eon.businesswire.com - 5/14/2013 3:42:04 AM
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New research from nonprofit foundation Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® in collaboration with Aegon shows a lack of retirement preparedness among workers in the U.S. and around the world. The Changing Face of ...