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
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 ...
Kenya: Digital Literacy Programme Ready for Roll Out, President Kenyatta Says
AllAfrica - 5/23/2016 10:15:15 AM
The Digital Literacy Programme is ready for countrywide roll ... preparing our children to be ready to face the challenges of the modern world regardless of where they are in this country," the President said. He asked teachers and those responsible ...
Uhuru launches Digital Literacy Programme in Wajir
citizentv.co.ke - 5/20/2016 3:33:46 PM
The Digital Literacy Programme is ready for countrywide roll ... preparing our children to be ready to face the challenges of the modern world regardless of where they are in this country,” stated President Kenyatta. He asked teachers and those ...
Disbanded brothers return to a divided country in ‘Tribe’
The Bulletin - 5/22/2016 7:24:38 AM
It would be better for our international dignity. It would be better for our national literacy, our local advocacy ... although they’re willing to die for their country,” he writes, “they’re not sure how to live for it.” With that, Junger ...
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
... of financial literacy around the world finds that the U.S. ranks 14th, behind Singapore and the Czech Republic. This new measure of financial literacy comes from a survey of 150,000 adults in 148 countries. To conduct a survey of this scope, Standard ...
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 ...
Reserve Bank of Malawi to launch financial literacy strategy
Nyasa Times - 5/20/2016 12:56:18 PM
According to a survey conducted by the Malawi government with support from the British government Department for International ... in the country. The workshop was aimed at training media practitioners on how they can incorporate financial literacy ...
Malaysia in 'right direction' by following China's sprint to transforming digital economy, says HSBC CEO
MIS Asia - 5/23/2016 10:15:15 AM
The country was now the world's largest e-commerce market ... Schools must emphasise digital literacy skills and computational thinking to bridge the talent gap in understanding ICT so Malaysia's youth to become digitally savvy. In order to do so, Malaysia ...
Cuban Scholar To Speak On Literacy At Falmouth Library
capenews.net - 5/22/2016 11:13:42 AM
Hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and ... Cubans were mobilized to volunteer to teach literacy throughout the country, and many students, some as young as 12 years old and many women and girls, joined the movement.
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy ... England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned of a shrinking pool of ...
Youth literacy has improved most in these countries
weforum.org - 5/12/2016 11:57:11 PM
On 25 September, 193 world leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Goal number four aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, including a specific target for universal youth literacy by 2030. This target ...
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
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 ... the most actually get the least out of it." To identify the most educated countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with the highest ...
Deportees Wanted. Must Speak English.
Slate - 5/23/2016 9:10:50 AM
España has no friends, family, or knowledge of the country he left when he was 14 ... works on increasing his typing speed so he can pass the call center computer literacy exam. As a furniture mover in Los Angeles, España made much more than a ...