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 ...
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:
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
Norway GNI: $55,190 Literacy Rate: 100% Unemployment Rate ... As this list shows, a country doesn't have to be an economic giant to be among the richest countries in the world. It just has to have either a government that makes sure wealth is distributed ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
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 ...