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
Most Countries Have Failed To Meet UN's 'Education For All' Goals, Finds New Report
International Business Times - 4/10/2015 2:56:53 AM
Most countries in the world have failed to achieve the “Education for All ... The EFA agreement also set a target of achieving a 50 percent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015 -- a target that was achieved by only 25 percent of the ...
The International Literacy Association Launches Coalition During First Leaders For Literacy Day On April 14th
military-technologies.net - 4/15/2015 11:36:30 PM
... for international education at United States Agency for International Development (USAID), explores the critical role literacy plays in addressing issues faced by developing countries: Young Storytellers and the Power of Literacy. Pam Allyn ...
Nal’ibali to launch special children’s literacy rights poster on World Book Day
Media Update - 4/20/2015 1:07:48 PM
On World Book Day, which takes placed on Thursday ... libraries, schools and other literacy organisations across the country in 2014. In 2015, the campaign has committed to creating an awareness among children themselves about powerful ways they can ...
Despite major gains, world's education goals far from achieved – UNESCO
UN News Centre - 4/8/2015 11:59:07 PM
And the world's poorest children remain five ... Half of sub-Saharan African women do not have basic literacy skills. Gender parity will be achieved at the primary level in 69 per cent of countries by 2015. Child marriage and early pregnancy continue ...
Elementary school students experience world culture at SVSU
MLive - 4/16/2015 10:13:35 AM
International students attending SVSU ... said each group of elementary students were assigned a different country and got to visit six stations that teach about currency, art, language, literacy through hands-on activities. Saginaw Public Schools, the ...
A tale of two countries
The Hindu - 4/15/2015 6:35:51 PM
China’s double-digit growth helped it emerge as the world’s manufacturing hub and enabled it to bring about major reduction in poverty levels, besides ensuring a far higher level of literacy and better health and living standards than India’s.
UNESCO Report Shows World Slow to Improve Primary Education
Education News - 4/16/2015 7:53:24 PM
“The world’s poorest children are four times more ... Progress has been particularly slow concerning the goal of cutting adult literacy in half by 2015. Only 25% of countries were able to meet the goal, while an additional 32% fell short.
South-East Europe On The Edge Of Civilization: Media (il)literacy – Essay
Eurasia Review - 4/18/2015 5:13:33 PM
We continue with the analyzing of Media (il)literacy within South-East Europe having in mind ... exactly thanks to the two methods mentioned above became a problem nation wide. The country is full of corruption, with hatred being expressed against other ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 11:14:04 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 ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff India Abroad - 6/14/2012 7:40:41 AM
As per the 'Global Financial literacy barometer', India is ranked 23rd among the 28 countries surveyed ... places that parents talk with their kids about money, says the Visa's International Financial Literacy Barometer. Click NEXT to read more...
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
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 ...
OECD: English school leavers 'among least literate and numerate in the developed world'
Daily Telegraph - 10/8/2013 10:41:52 AM
England was the only country in the developed world in which adults aged 55-to-65 performed better in literacy and numeracy than those aged 16-to-24 after taking account of other factors such as the economic background of those taking the test. The ...