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
World Literacy Summit 2014 to tackle global literacy crisis
Times of India - 4/12/2014 5:56:51 AM
in countries as diverse as South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Jordan, Mexico, Yemen and India. Mrs. Farida Lambay and Mr. Kishor Bhamre from Pratham shall represent India at the World Literacy Summit 2014. Said David Perrin, chief executive officer of the ...
OUP sponsors global literacy conference
The Bookseller - 4/14/2014 11:52:24 AM
The World Literacy Summit 2014 is aimed at building awareness of a global literacy crisis and will feature speakers from countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Jordan, Mexico...
Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung named one of top 100 schools for finance
New Jersey Online - 4/15/2014 6:24:55 PM
Mount Saint Mary Academy has been named one of the top 100 high schools in the country for teaching personal finance by ... The release of the rankings marks the 11th anniversary of the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Program. Every member of the ...
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 ...
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 ...
UNESCO Ranks Equatorial Guinea Highest Adult Literacy Country in Sub-Saharan Africa
Thomson Reuters - 9/13/2010 2:57:35 PM
In Equatorial Guinea, as in many other African countries, the International Literacy Day has been dedicated to improve the literacy of women, with the theme "Literacy and Empowerment of Women." The objective is to fight against the marginalization of women ...
10 Nations with the Highest Literacy Rate
Silicon India - 3/18/2014 5:43:33 AM
So, check out the list of 10 countries with the highest literacy rate in the world, as compiled by The Countries. 10. Russia: A northern Eurasian nation, Russia is the tenth most highly literate nation in the world. In this country, education is provided ...
World celebrates International Literacy Day
Meri News - 9/8/2008 11:49:50 AM
Of course, such literacy programmes have become successful, but still a fair portion of country’s population in illiterate. According to stats of United Nations there are about four billion literate people across the world. However, making the whole ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 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 ...
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.
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:58:06 PM
With the NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement on his intentions to step down in 2014, I began thinking about Stern’s legacy. Stern took over the NBA at a time when the league was in decline. There were even talks about the NBA being ...
Report: Most unfair countries for women
USA Today - 11/2/2013 5:28:52 PM
Countries scored worse by each measure when the gap between men and women for that measure was the widest. For example, women in Yemen do not have the lowest literacy rate in the world, but the gap between men and women by that measure is the widest ...
India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
Of the 771 million adult illiterates in the world without basic literacy skills ... The report puts India among the 30 countries unable to achieve adult literacy targets by 2015, due to the slow pace of progress. The other countries at risk of not ...
How literacy effects world population growth
Examiner - 7/28/2010 11:52:55 PM
99 and 3.83. At first there might be some confusion because of the overlap in literacy rates. Keep in mind the determining factor as to why a country was placed in a given world order primarily rest upon population growth rate. To the extent each country ...