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
11 Least Educated Countries in the World
INSIDER MONKEY - 5/19/2015 2:46:26 AM
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Africa: Is Zimbabwe's Adult Literacy Rate the Highest in Africa?
AllAfrica - 5/21/2015 11:58:14 PM
Does Zimbabwe have the highest adult literacy rate in Africa ... told Africa Check that one of the problems with international comparisons is that "countries apply different definitions of what it means to be 'literate'". For example, the Zimbabwean ...
Rockwood students aim to fight hunger in Third World countries
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/19/2015 10:53:12 AM
Kenya’s literacy rate is particularly high because the government ... Because she came from a poor village in Kenya, she knows how life in the Third World country of Kenya is. Zellipah got a good education and moved to America. Eventually she got a ...
International Expert (P5) for Skills Based Literacy (SBL) Materials
ReliefWeb - 5/27/2015 1:56:59 PM
Afghanistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of literacy with around 64% of Afghanistan’s population considered functionally illiterate. To improve this situation UNESCO Kabul launched the Programme “Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan ...
Lack Of Locally Relevant Online Content Deters Mobile Users In Developing Countries, WSIS Panel Says
ip-watch.org - 5/28/2015 8:29:30 PM
Although most people in the world live within reach ... entrepreneurs to acquire digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills. Innovation and entrepreneurship are changing, he said, in particular in developing countries where there is a large informal ...
UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment
United Nations Development Program - 5/21/2015 8:37:48 PM
The classification of LDCs is contingent on a number of key human development indicators, including levels of poverty, literacy ... as a country remains an LDC. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve ...
World Bank announces $5bn drive to improve quality of global education
theguardian.com - 5/18/2015 4:52:18 PM
The announcement comes a day before leaders from 160 countries gather in South Korea for the World Education Forum ... early childhood care and education, and adult literacy.” Kim said he hopes to replicate the success the bank has had using the same ...
Rethinking World Hunger: Start with Women. By Vanessa Thevathasan and Niki Psarias
The Huffington Post - 5/28/2015 4:23:08 AM
"Start with women, and everyone rises," says Sophie Noonan, Country Director of The Hunger Project UK. "Empowering women and girls is key to our global efforts to end hunger. All our programmes start with women." World Hunger Day is celebrated around the ...
Speech by World Bank Managing Director and COO Sri Mulyani Indrawati at Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meetings
The World Bank - 5/19/2015 9:44:36 PM
Middle income countries are home to five of the world’s seven billion people ... deepening capital and bond markets; lack of financial literacy; low-quality education; lack of skilled labor; social inequality; a need for competitiveness, trade and ...
After school levels, NSE enters the world of MBAs in Gujarat
India Education Diary - 5/28/2015 6:13:29 PM
“Professional education is the key to guiding the country’s growth. In a state like Gujarat, which is going to have an international IFC, demand for professionals will remain. Such initiatives always help to ensure financial literacy”, said Ms Chitra ...
Student groups showcase diversity at 2015 World In-Sight
Daily Bruin - 5/28/2015 9:23:47 AM
World In-Sight was a way for Clarissa Rodriguez to combine ... promoted Salvadoran culture by focusing on the country’s artwork. “A lot has affected our country, especially since the civil war in the 1980s,” said Rosemary Torres, a second-year ...
Washington Daily News - 5/25/2015 11:53:29 PM
One Book literacy program. In its ninth year of helping build better schools and communities, the grant program has provided over $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the country, according to the grant website. The book follows a child immigrant ...
Union Human Resouce Development Minister attends World Education Forum at South Korea
Newstrack India - 5/26/2015 6:05:43 AM
The Press release was issued during the Press briefing which was addressed by the Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ms. Vrinda Sarup. The Press Release on the World Education Forum ... support from majority of the countries present and was duly ...
Minister takes centre stage at World Education Forum
Ghana Web - 5/23/2015 11:17:05 AM
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, is leading a high powered government delegation to the World Education Forum scheduled ... and to increase adult literacy by 50 per cent. The rest are to achieve gender parity by 2005, gender ...
India has more illiterates than anywhere in the world—partly because of a preference for sons
Quartz - 5/22/2015 4:58:53 AM
India is home to the world’s largest population of illiterates. And part of the blame, according to a new study, may lie in the country’s preference for ... does not have much effect on children’s literacy or health in a rich family.