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
Germany by numbers: A look inside Europe's economic powerhouse
CNN - 10/16/2014 3:22:29 PM
However, today the country ranks as the world's fourth largest economy, with one of the lowest unemployment rates, and one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Click through the slides of CNN's infographic above to see Germany by numbers ...
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement
Christianity Today - 10/21/2014 11:59:07 PM
Last Friday, I posted part one of my "Biblical Literacy by the Numbers" series ... Have participated in a mission trip in another country (10% v 4%) or in the United States (13% v 4%) Those who read the Bible often are more likely to agree with the ...
ZODML partners Lagos to boost literacy
The Nation - 10/22/2014 10:46:21 PM
said that in Nigeria every day should be World Literacy Day as the country could not afford to think about and focus on literacy on only one day in the year. The four new school libraries will give pupils access to over 4,000 books. Mrs Esiri further ...
Lakeshore® Teams Up with Jumpstart to Set a World Reading Record
Yahoo Finance - 10/14/2014 12:33:04 PM
today announced that all 60 of its retail locations across the country will host events in support of Jumpstart's Read for the Record, the premier national campaign that mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in ...
Literacy advocate wins Rubenstein prize, but teaching the world to read remains a challenge
Washington Post - 10/10/2014 12:30:39 PM
Room to Read CEO Erin Ganju accepts the Rubenstein Prize, one of the Library of Congress’s literacy awards ... she left her job with Goldman Sachs for a new life in Vietnam, a country that was just opening up to Western investment.
Missouri college professor reaches out to quarantined students in Liberia
Daily Journal - 10/17/2014 4:22:44 AM
Liberia's literacy levels are so low, communication must be swift and easy to understand for both adults and children in the west African country fighting the Ebola outbreak. Saul visited Liberia in January as president of the International Book Bank ...
Government of Canada Consults on the National Financial Literacy Strategy
StreetInsider - 10/17/2014 11:10:46 AM
It invites comments on how to bolster financial literacy for Canadians ... private and non-profit sectors will take part in in-person sessions across the country. All Canadians are encouraged to submit their comments on the consultation paper by mail ...
Managing Our Money: Room for Financial Literacy
The Ledger - 10/12/2014 2:26:59 AM
That half-credit course teaches students about "the national and international economic systems ... This year, Florida became the first state in the country to follow the National Standards for Financial Literacy. According to the Council for Economic ...
Michelle Nunn promotes literacy during reading event at Martin Luther King Elementary
Albany Herald - 10/17/2014 1:09:28 AM
Calling herself a proponent of education and literacy, said the focus of her latest trip to south Georgia was about engaging students. “Our country must have an educational ... best educational foundation in the world.” Nunn and Perdue will engage ...
Covenant House and Global Knowledge Nurture Digital Literacy in Toronto’s Homeless Youth
Business Wire - 10/15/2014 12:39:02 PM
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the digital age changing the workplace and presenting new opportunities to youth equipped with specific IT skills, Global Knowledge Canada and Covenant House, the country ... of increasing digital literacy, specifically ...
World Risk Report 2014 - Focus: The city as a risk area
ReliefWeb - 10/21/2014 4:46:38 AM
For the first time, 140 countries were also analyzed for the risk their urban populations face, rankings were based on 21 indicators, including share of urban population living in slums, urban literacy rate and the percentage of female workers in urban areas.
PBC Literacy Coalition 2014 Read for the Record local campaign Oct. 21
Examiner - 10/1/2014 4:56:02 AM
Read the official world record announcement. In Palm Beach County (through the PBC Literacy Coalition), join this annual event in which thousands of adults in Palm Beach County and across the country will be reading Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells to ...
Why we should worry about financial literacy
forumblog.org - 10/2/2014 10:45:36 AM
One particularly impactful financial literacy program in the marketplace today is run ... Each school year, more than 600,000 students across the country participate. The Stock Market Game has reached 15 million students since its inception in 1977.
Around the world in 120 minutes
Weld for Birmingham - 10/19/2014 11:54:20 PM
Globally Challenged, a sequel to a geography bee last year at the Avondale venue, will feature local contestants testing their cultural literacy for the edification ... with each contestant representing a different country – playing on a game board ...