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
See Cuba now before it’s transformed by the coming wave of change
ABQJournal - 1/25/2015 12:00:59 AM
They are using 21st-century technology to connect to a vast outside world ... of her country, the good and the challenging. Education is free, through graduate school. Everyone enjoys excellent, government-funded, medical care. Literacy is reported to ...
Tech treats hundreds to free coding camp to prompt digital literacy
The Vancouver Sun - 1/25/2015 3:38:43 PM
Organizers hope the bootcamp prompts a mass movement towards "digital literacy." The targeted inclusion of First ... while taking advantage of the fastest growing population of young people in the country to help fill jobs skills gaps.
Lions Club International holds second cabinet meeting
Ghana News Agency - 1/25/2015 6:23:21 PM
Accra, Jan. 25, GNA - District 403-A2 of the Lions Club International ... of Ebola victims in Liberia and other affected countries in the sub-region. She said the club had also embarked on a literacy campaign to promote and encourage reading habit among ...
Brampton’s Little Library paves a path to literacy
Brampton Guardian - 1/17/2015 9:31:48 PM
So, three months ago, Bajaj started a book drive for Little Library International. The non-profit group ships books to children in several Sub-Sahara African countries and other places with low literacy levels. The first Annual Literacy Drive in Brampton ...
Thwaites confident of achieving literacy goals
Jamaica Observer - 1/18/2015 7:33:06 AM
Additionally, the minister lauded the combined efforts of the ministry's national literacy team, teachers, and the United States Agency for International Development for their input and improvement the country has seen. Moreover, there was a decline in the ...
Literacy Volunteers needs tutors
Sun-Journal - 1/26/2015 5:07:36 AM
Share your knowledge to help an adult transform his or her future by becoming a Literacy Volunteers tutor ... The preferred magazines are Woman's World, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Reminisce, Country and Country Woman, Better Homes and Good Housekeeping.
The most educated countries in the world
USA Today - 9/13/2014 3:11:31 PM
The percentage of adults performing at the highest literacy level exceeded that figure in five ... To identify the most educated countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest proportions of residents aged 25 to 64 with ...
Experts: English spelling overhaul could aid literacy
The Bulletin - 1/21/2015 8:05:20 AM
They propose an International English Spelling Congress to ... English-speaking children take significantly longer to learn basic literacy skills than children in other European countries. He said part of the problem lies in the spelling.
‘India’s Internet economy can reach $200 bn by 2020′
EXPRESS COMPUTER - 1/16/2015 1:44:43 AM
Fast paced growth in computer literacy and greater use of data on mobiles will ... Google India Managing Director and IAMAI Chairman Rajan Anandan said: “India is the 3rd country in the world to have over 5 Internet companies valued at over USD 1 billion.
SAG Foundation Receives $100k for Children’s Literacy
Variety - 1/15/2015 1:31:35 AM
More than 60,000 children have benefitted from the program in classrooms, hospitals and libraries in 35 cities across the country ... furthering children’s literacy. “It’s important to help our children explore the world through literature ...
Internet users worldwide say life much improved by technology
Fierce CIO - 1/19/2015 11:59:45 PM
The report also comes in advance of the World Economic ... all of the countries think personal technology has improved productivity. "Compared to 2014, more respondents said technology has had a positive impact on transportation and literacy, while fewer ...
Council explores risk reduction by seeking new canola buyers
The Western Producter - 1/21/2015 11:57:23 PM
The first thing the council’s market development staff look for in a market is a high literacy rate ... In 2012, the World Health Organization gave Mexico the dubious distinction of being the most obese country. That prompted the government to place ...
OECD: English school leavers 'among least literate and numerate in the developed world'
Daily Telegraph - 10/8/2013 10:41:52 AM
According to figures, England is ranked 22nd out of 24 western countries in terms of literacy and 21st for numeracy ... England has some of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world. “These are Labour’s children, educated ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
As the world celebrates International Literacy Day 2012, it is pertinent to note that though the ... a literate environment in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high-level international ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 11:14:04 AM
... the rest of the world to celebrate International Literacy Day. The Day was set aside by the United Nations (UN) as an annual event for evaluating literacy programmes and all actions taken by member countries of the UN to address the old age problem of ...