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
The world is going to university
The Economist online - 3/26/2015 10:41:29 PM
OECD countries spend 1.6% of GDP on higher education ... American graduates score poorly in international numeracy and literacy rankings, and are slipping. In a recent study of academic achievement, 45% of American students made no gains in their first ...
Ajapa World Introduces Financial Literacy Club…Projects 100,000 Outreach by Second Quarter.
Daily Times NG - 3/17/2015 10:42:00 AM
to roll out the Ajapa Financial Literacy Club in all states of the country” Mr. Akin stated. In commemoration of the Global Money Week, the Ajapa World pupils have had a long rich and overwhelmingly fulfilling experience as they have been taken to ...
Little Free Libraries: 5 years later, 25,000 in 50 states, 70 countries
TwinCities Pioneer Press - 3/26/2015 10:45:39 AM
Behind him is a wall of 200 tiles showing Little Libraries of Distinction from all over the world. For Bol, who calls himself a ... "We're bringing neighborhoods together through books, literacy and conversation, talking about common goals," he said.
A Three-Question Test of Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 3/25/2015 11:01:09 AM
Fifteen-year-olds in the U.S. ranked in the middle of the pack in a more-extensive test of financial literacy given in 18 countries by the Paris-based ... the questions from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, where fishery has been focus, literacy rates lag
Energetic City - 3/27/2015 11:34:34 AM
An international literacy report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2013 found that Canada ranked just above average among 24 participating countries and regions. Among provinces and territories, Yukon, Alberta, B.C., Ontario ...
Read Ghana marks World ‘Read Aloud Day’ in Madina
Spy Ghana - 3/19/2015 11:15:26 AM
Celebrated by over one million people in more than 80 countries, World Read Aloud Day motivates children ... a registered charity that provides a community-led reading literacy services for children in public schools. Volunteers and facilitators were ...
American Millennials are among the world’s least skilled
FORTUNE - 3/10/2015 3:00:51 PM
Researchers at Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) expected it to be when they administered a test called the Program for the International ... literacy, for instance. American Millennials scored lower than their counterparts in every country ...
BJP member Nishikant Dubey embarrasses government over low literacy level
Economic Times - 3/11/2015 5:58:37 PM
around 37 per cent of the world's total adult illiterates are reported from India. Replying to Dubey's question, the Minister said efforts were being made to improve literacy, including that of females, in the country. Literacy rate went up to 72.98 per ...
Nigeria: Ajapa World Revives Saving Culture in Kids
AllAfrica - 3/26/2015 10:45:39 AM
So, last year we partnered with UNICEF and finally got approval from the (SUBEB) to roll out the Ajapa Financial Literacy Club in all states of the country. The Ajapa World pupils have had a rich and overwhelmingly fulfilling experience as they have been ...
World Economic Forum Identifies Ed-Tech Needs for 21st Century Skills
Education Week - 3/19/2015 9:49:32 AM
The forum—an international organization whose goal ... was the reason only nine could be compared across countries. Digital resources to teach and measure foundational subjects like literacy, math, and science are well represented, but ed-tech for ...
Will a nuke deal invite Iran into the international community?
The Times of Israel - 3/18/2015 1:51:07 AM
AP — As world ... country is ripe for foreign investment and a quick improvement of infrastructure, and its oil resources make it a draw. The population is large — some 80 million people — and reasonably well educated, with some 85 percent literacy ...
What's in Singapore's Future After Lee Kuan Yew - Presented by: The Aol. On Network
NASDAQ - 3/19/2015 11:54:12 PM
In many ways, the small country could be seen as the envy of the world with a literacy rate of near 100 percent and home ownership of around 90 percent for residents.
International Fair gives students a chance to share about other cultures
Southeast Missourian - 3/19/2015 5:46:09 AM
... a second language set up more than a dozen displays about their home countries at the event, which was organized by the high school's world language and adult education and literacy departments. Some of the countries represented included Vietnam ...
Fidelity, Citibank Harp on Financial Literacy
This Day Live - 3/17/2015 6:38:38 AM
Fidelity Bank Plc has said it will not relent in its effort to promote financial literacy among youths in the country in line with its commitment ... Citibank Nigeria Limited said it also joined the rest of the world to commemorate the annual global ...
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 ...