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
Emerging markets: Redrawing the world map
Financial Times - 8/4/2015 5:32:49 AM
In PPP terms, China is already the world’s largest economy and yet it is still classified as emerging. The country has a literacy rate of 96 per cent, more high-speed rail track than all other countries combined and more college students than any other ...
The Role of Information Literacy in Higher Education
moroccoworldnews.com - 7/21/2015 8:34:03 AM
Fez – The tsunami of information in today’s world has urged modern societies ... managed to fully incorporate information literacy within the corpuses of their educational systems, many developing countries continue to adopt traditional forms of ...
Lafarge, Ovie Brume Foundation kick off 2nd edition of Literacy Competition
World Stage - 8/4/2015 5:28:38 PM
The competition is organized yearly to promote literacy skills across public primary school pupils in the country and to engage them in activities that will showcase their ability to read, write and spell correctly. Speaking on the initiative, the Group MD ...
Penn Education Prof Promotes Ideas on International Development
upenn.edu - 7/29/2015 11:55:08 PM
edited by Wagner provides a comprehensive research-based review of learning and educational quality in developing countries. Written by specialists from around the world, the book covers areas such as early literacy, new technology, conflict-affected ...
Livermore couple among world's busiest travelers
San Jose Mercury News - 8/4/2015 11:37:53 AM
Frank Rainer, 72, has visited every country in the world, which currently numbers 193 U.N. members ... They're both longtime volunteers at the library; Sigrid donates time as a literacy tutor, and Frank was named the library's 2014 Volunteer of the ...
Climate Change Perceptions Vary Between Developed and Developing Countries
Triple Pundit - 7/31/2015 8:29:21 AM
climate literacy and public understanding of the local dimensions of climate change are vital to public engagement and support for climate action.” Researchers analyzed data from representative samples of 119 countries collected for the Gallup World Poll ...
Financial literacy app gets a Philippine version, aims to empower emerging markets
International Business Times AU - 8/3/2015 1:26:26 PM
Financial literacy website ... more languages. The international version of the app was launched in the Philippines last July 22. As Einhorn noted, economic and finance updates only take a small part of the media coverage in the country.
KPMG’s Family for Literacy to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell
NASDAQ - 8/4/2015 9:57:40 AM
KPMG's New York Office and KPMG's Family for Literacy (KFFL), a unique ... professionals serves clients in 155 countries, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax and advisory services to many of the world's largest and most prestigious ...
UN development negotiations hampered by excessive targets
EurActiv.com - 7/27/2015 2:32:01 PM
Following the International Conference on Financing for Development ... both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy" by 2030. "Some countries want to keep the 'x', particularly the small island states, and others want to replace it with 'a ...
Boosting Literacy Via Adult And Non-Formal Education
P.M. News Nigeria - 7/24/2015 3:54:18 PM
the country may not be able to reach a technologically competitive standing in the world. Stakeholders, therefore, opine that the Federal Government established the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC) through Decree ...
Climate change: world’s wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat
theguardian.com - 7/28/2015 4:29:32 AM
Photograph: Damir Sagolj/REUTERS People living in the world’s wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive ... that improving basic education, climate literacy, and public understanding of ...
Enter the world of Sesame Street’s Elmo ahead of Abu Dhabi Summer Season gig
The National - 8/4/2015 5:54:17 AM
It now produces localised Sesame Street programmes broadcast in more than 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap, including The Electric Company. Outside of television, the workshop also produces content for multiple ...
World Hepatitis Day: Foundation offers free tests, vaccines to Tunga-Maji residents
The Guardian - Nigeria - 8/4/2015 5:11:20 AM
according to the recent World Health Organization (WHO) in country report.” He noted that the federal government should act now by providing treatment access and support for infected persons, as the cost associated with obtaining treatment from the very ...
Fidel Castro awarded Honoris Causa by Bolivian university
cubanews.ain.cu - 8/3/2015 11:10:26 AM
The University authority recalled the life and work of the Cuban leader before and after the 1959 revolutionary triumph and stressed Fidel´s support and solidarity towards the humblest countries of the world ... program and the literacy program known ...
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 ...