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
PEDVAC set to mark International Literacy Day
The Sackville Tribune Post - 9/1/2014 6:39:01 PM
has long been a day to reflect upon the literacy needs around the world. Here in New Brunswick we often think of illiteracy being a third world country problem but that is far from the truth. PORT ELGIN, N.B. – Sept. 8, International Literacy Day ...
Canada ranked one of top countries for scientific literacy
Global News - 8/28/2014 12:10:04 PM
The data on Japan was collected in 2001, the European data in 2005, and as science literacy has been increasing generally all over the world in the past decade ... Canada ranked 10th out of 265 countries in 2012. These scores have declined since 2006 ...
Literacy – the Ultimate Investment for a Sustainable Future
UNESCO - 9/1/2014 1:59:51 PM
UNESCO’s International Literacy Prizes reward groundbreaking programs that ... Reaching 18,000 women to date in a multilingual and multicultural country, the program has made inroads in fighting poverty, deforestation and pollution through activities ...
Financial Literacy 101
pineapplenewspaper.com - 9/2/2014 3:00:06 AM
... of the most developed country in the world, I found these statistics to be concerning. The common denominator in the countries that scored the highest was that they have developed national financial literacy strategies within mandated education curriculum.
Canada has Highest Science Literacy Rate in World: Report
French Tribune - 8/30/2014 11:31:54 AM
A latest report reveals that Canadians are scientifically most literate people in the world. A report released by ... to the data collected from various other countries. In order to measure the science literacy rate, various questions were asked to the ...
Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries
CBC - 8/28/2014 4:49:14 PM
The council cautioned that Canada's high international ranking should be "interpreted carefully as Canadian data are more recent and science literacy has been improving over time in most countries." In fact, Canadians' own science literacy has improved ...
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
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 ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
We ranked the ten countries with the highest GNI per capita using the most recent data available from the World Bank. To factor in a nation's quality of life, we collected information on literacy, unemployment, and percentage of GDP spent on education.
Students' financial literacy, by country, according to international testing
Fox Business - 7/9/2014 8:15:52 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:
Digital literacy in the developing world: a gender gap
THE CONVERSATION - 7/8/2014 1:07:34 AM
In the pervasively connected world of the 21st century, creating and sharing knowledge has never ... with the knowledge and skills to access and use them. In developing countries, women are 25% less likely than men to be online. This gap soars to 45% ...
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 ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/9/2013 10:33:31 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 ...