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
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 3:35:56 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 ...
World Literacy Day passes almost unnoticed
Daily Times - 9/8/2014 8:46:44 PM
LAHORE: Where Pakistan stands at the bottom of literacy rate ranking among South Asian countries, the World Literacy Day passed almost unnoticed as not even a single ceremony was held across the city on government level on Monday. The UNESCO proclaimed ...
Bring literacy rate on par with world's leading societies, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Economic Times - 9/8/2014 9:48:10 AM
Despite this, our literacy level is below the world average of 84 per cent," the President said. While the country has set a target of 80 per cent literacy by the end of the 12th Plan, Mukherjee said during this period the Government would also seek to ...
International Literacy Day: So much more to do
Pravda - 9/9/2014 7:52:27 AM
Today in Dhaka, Bangladesh, International Literacy Day is being celebrated ... Incredible as it may seem, today there are countries with literacy rates well below 40 per cent: Mali, for instance, has a rate of 33.6%, Central African Republic 36.8%, Chad ...
The world celebrates International Literacy Day
news.uzreport.uz - 9/8/2014 12:32:48 PM
On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international ... During the participation, representatives of our country have met with the European flowers producers and a masters in floral business. Uzbekistan took part in the 80th General ...
Nigeria: Boosting Literacy Development in Nigeria
AllAfrica - 9/16/2014 2:14:52 AM
Wike made the revelation at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day. At the 2013 edition of same event Wike disclosed that adult illiterates rate in the country have increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million in 2013. Wike further ...
OECD: UK graduates 'lacking high-level literacy skills'
Daily Telegraph - 9/9/2014 8:56:52 AM
Only six countries now have more young adults with a degree than ... study by the OECD published last year that tested adults across the developed world in basic literacy and numeracy. The UK figures only covered England and Northern Ireland.
Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of international literacy day, 2014
India Education Diary - 9/11/2014 4:04:00 PM
Literacy, in its contemporary definition, means "reading the world” rather than "the word ... level is operational in rural areas of low female literacy districts in the country. The Lok Shiksha Kendras established in over 1.5 lakhs Gram Panchayats ...
South Sudan launches literacy drive in rural areas
aa.com.tr - 9/19/2014 9:56:36 AM
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there is a need to promote community teaching centers across the country. "South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world," Caroline Ledel ...
How Thousands of Bookmarks Are Going to Improve Global Literacy
abc27 - 9/16/2014 11:57:40 PM
SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bezos Family Foundation, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group announce the launch of the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge to give thousands of children in underserved countries a better education.
International literacy day to be celebrated on September 8
Times of India - 9/6/2014 4:17:05 PM
PUNE: The National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA) will organize International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations in the country on September 8. This year ILD will be celebrated in New Delhi. As part of the ILD celebrations, the ministry of human resource ...
Bring literacy rate on par with world’s leading societies:Prez
Day & Night News - 9/8/2014 1:22:55 PM
Despite this, our literacy level is below the world average of 84 per cent,” the President said. While the country has set a target of 80 per cent literacy by the end of the 12th Plan, Mukherjee said during this period the Government would also seek to ...
Females: The Highlight of International Literacy Day 2014
ZIZ - 9/13/2014 6:03:19 PM
His comments were made against the backdrop of International Literacy Day ... Carty noted that the Federation faces a different challenge with literacy in comparison to other countries worldwide. “For us in St. Kitts and Nevis, the challenge is how ...
Ghana marks International Literacy Day
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation - 9/8/2014 4:00:24 PM
On September 8th, each year Ghana joins the rest of the world to celebrate the day. The day was set aside by the UN to evaluate literacy programmes and all actions taken by member countries of the UN to address the age-old Problem of illiteracy.
Saakshar Bharat programme: A plan by Narendra Modi Govt to improve literacy rate in India
One India News - 9/9/2014 3:06:07 AM
Why celebrating International Literacy day? Initiated by UNESCO ... As per a report in Indianexpress, "Figures revealing increase in number of literates in the country from 2001 to 2011 speak volume about the status of female literacy.