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, 2014See also: Literacy map
Which countries have the best literacy and numeracy rates?
World Economic Forum - 2/3/2016 9:48:14 AM
Teenagers in the Republic of Korea have the highest levels of literacy and numeracy ... growth over the past 50 years. The country is currently rated as one of the top performing in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
12,000 literacy centers to be set up to raise literary to 90 percent by 2025
dnd.com.pk - 2/10/2016 2:04:47 PM
She stressed that Pakistanis should get united to play their positive role in increasing literacy and emerge as a well-educated nation. It is unfortunate that the country not only lags behind the region but the world in education sector, adding ...
World Literacy Rates by Country
PBS - 7/18/2011 11:54:15 PM
To view more comprehensive information on the state of education in Colombia, as well as other countries, visit the UNESCO Institute for Statistics page. Want to help improve literacy in Colombia, the United States and around the world? Visit the Take ...
Canadian Government Invests in $18M Pilot Project to Transform the Future of Education in Mozambique
Financial Content - 2/12/2016 1:55:15 PM
As stated by the Minister of International Development ... to improve teacher education in the rest of the country. Specific improvements will promote gender equality, student-centered methodologies, literacy and language skills, and the creation of ...
Worldreader Pushes Digital Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Voice of America - 2/12/2016 4:04:06 PM
Worldreader aims to change that. Focusing mainly on Sub-Saharan Africa, Worldreader is a non-profit group dedicated to increasing literacy, educational outcomes and positive perceptions of reading in developing countries. Its library is available in 43 ...
Westport Country Playhouse to Present CHARLOTTE'S WEB, 2/28
Broadway World - 2/11/2016 12:37:42 PM
Westport Country Playhouse's Family Festivities Series will present ... Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that helps parents take an active role in their children's literacy development by providing free children's books to families with limited ...
Quality of schools is critical for economic growth in developing countries, Stanford expert says
Stanford News - 2/8/2016 6:03:22 PM
However, the schools' ability to improve students' basic skills in math and literacy are important to economic ... which examines scores on international math and science tests for various countries between 1964 and 2003. Significantly, the new study ...
Around Town: Books for the World promotes literacy across the globe
Madison - 2/1/2016 12:25:06 AM
Then one day she learned of a Rotary International program called Books for the World ... to a cargo container for shipment to a local Rotary Club in a developing country, according to volunteer Dave Peterson. Today, the program serves more than 25 ...
Muslim world behind in science, tech: Jordanian ex-PM
Pakistan Observer - 2/11/2016 2:22:05 AM
Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium of International Center for Chemical and Biological ... Looking at OIC countries, there are success stories where literacy rate in some countries like Iran, Malaysia and Turkey and in the Arab states such as Lebanon ...
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 11/18/2015 11:05:14 AM
The survey data showed a financial literacy gender gap in most countries around the world: About 35% of men and 30% of women ... WSJCentralBanks for central banking news and analysis Get WSJ economic analysis delivered to your inbox: Sign up for the ...
What Life Is Like in the Most Isolated Corridor of the World
Conde Nast Traveler - 2/8/2016 5:06:07 PM
In 2006, National Geographic released its latest discouraging study of American geographic literacy ... corridor where five countries meet is inhabited by people from a sixth. At the tip of Wakhan is Bam-i-Dunya, the "Roof of the World," home to a ...
PRI's The World
Public Radio International - 1/30/2016 11:40:21 AM
It's even harder when children's books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia's civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.
How folk tales from the Middle East and Central Asia are giving children in conflict-ridden regions fresh windows on the world
The National - 2/10/2016 9:32:46 AM
Hoopoe books are being read in the developed world beyond Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their Shared Literacy programme has reached more than 600,000 disadvantaged children in the United States and other countries, including Mexico and Canada. The programme ...
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 ...
Students' financial literacy, by country
Yahoo Finance - 7/9/2014 8:01:33 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: US International News Budget, Tax & Economy