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
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 3:35:56 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 ...
World Literacy Day passes almost unnoticed
Daily Times - 9/8/2014 8:46:44 PM
LAHORE: Where Pakistan stands at the bottom of literacy rate ranking among South Asian countries, the World Literacy Day passed almost unnoticed as not even a single ceremony was held across the city on government level on Monday. The UNESCO proclaimed ...
International Literacy Day: So much more to do
Pravda - 9/9/2014 7:52:27 AM
Today in Dhaka, Bangladesh, International Literacy Day is being celebrated ... Incredible as it may seem, today there are countries with literacy rates well below 40 per cent: Mali, for instance, has a rate of 33.6%, Central African Republic 36.8%, Chad ...
Boosting Literacy Development In Nigeria
P.M. News Nigeria - 9/15/2014 12:17:21 PM
Wike made the revelation at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day. At the 2013 edition of same event Wike disclosed that adult illiterate rate in the country has increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million in 2013. Wike further ...
South Sudan launches literacy drive in rural areas
aa.com.tr - 9/19/2014 9:56:36 AM
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there is a need to promote community teaching centers across the country. "South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world," Caroline Ledel ...
Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of international literacy day, 2014
India Education Diary - 9/11/2014 4:04:00 PM
Literacy, in its contemporary definition, means "reading the world” rather than "the word ... level is operational in rural areas of low female literacy districts in the country. The Lok Shiksha Kendras established in over 1.5 lakhs Gram Panchayats ...
How Thousands of Bookmarks Are Going to Improve Global Literacy
abc27 - 9/16/2014 11:57:40 PM
SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bezos Family Foundation, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group announce the launch of the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge to give thousands of children in underserved countries a better education.
International literacy day to be celebrated on September 8
Times of India - 9/6/2014 4:17:05 PM
PUNE: The National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA) will organize International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations in the country on September 8. This year ILD will be celebrated in New Delhi. As part of the ILD celebrations, the ministry of human resource ...
Bring literacy rate on par with world’s leading societies:Prez
Day & Night News - 9/8/2014 1:22:55 PM
Despite this, our literacy level is below the world average of 84 per cent,” the President said. While the country has set a target of 80 per cent literacy by the end of the 12th Plan, Mukherjee said during this period the Government would also seek to ...
Ghana marks International Literacy Day
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation - 9/8/2014 4:00:24 PM
On September 8th, each year Ghana joins the rest of the world to celebrate the day. The day was set aside by the UN to evaluate literacy programmes and all actions taken by member countries of the UN to address the age-old Problem of illiteracy.
International Literacy Day: 493 million women still can’t read
United Nations Regional Information Centre - 9/8/2014 4:18:53 AM
Around the world for millions of people ... s interest in learning UNESCO’s experience in the West African country of Senegal shows that mobile phones, computers, internet and TV make literacy courses much more attractive for illiterate women.
Today is Literacy Day: let's just get rid of illiteracy
Jamaica Observer - 9/8/2014 5:09:00 AM
AS Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing Inter-national Literacy Day today, National Literacy Coordinator, Dr Andre Hill has warned that the country will not fully prosper as a nation until it eliminates illiteracy. "We cannot progress as a ...
International literacy day observed in Sindh
Dawn - 9/9/2014 5:57:55 AM
HYDERABAD: Walks, seminars and other events were held in different towns of Sindh on Monday in connection with International ... the importance of literacy. They vowed to join in a struggle for the promotion of education in the country.
The most educated countries in the world
USA Today - 9/13/2014 6:46:16 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 ...
240,000 Egyptian adults learn to read with help of mobile app
Wired - 9/7/2014 11:54:02 PM
The Vodafone Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the big red network and it has made the announcement to coincide with International Literacy Day. The number of adults who have graduated from the country's Knowledge is Power programme currently stands ...