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, 2014See also: Literacy map
Some countries surpass U.S. as average mathematics literacy score declines
prnewswire.com - 12/6/2016 9:56:22 AM
Singapore was the top performer in the world ... literacy. PISA was developed and organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization made up of 35 mostly industrialized member countries, and ...
On the world stage, U.S. students fall behind
Washington Post - 12/6/2016 4:55:43 AM
The United States ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy ... that is still relatively poor can outperform students in the wealthiest country in the world. “We’re living in a world that is highly integrated,” Tucker said.
Poorest Countries In Africa
worldatlas.com - 11/28/2016 11:49:03 PM
Malawi is among the world's least developed nations ... Coffee and tea are the country’s primary export items. The country’s landlocked geography, low literacy rates, poor legal system, lack of economic freedom, and high rates of HIV/AIDS are barriers ...
Scottish schools drop in world rankings
BBC - 12/6/2016 1:49:36 AM
Half a million 15-year-olds took part in the latest round of tests, which cover literacy, numeracy and science ... and in a host of other countries across the world." Scottish Labour said Scotland's OECD rank in reading had gone from 6th in 2000 to ...
Percentage of women teachers in secondary education around the world
mapsofworld.com - 12/6/2016 12:19:32 PM
In many countries around the world, women form a significant percentage of more than ... Ukraine, which has a high literacy rate (99.4 percent), has a high percentage of women teaching at the secondary level. In Ukraine, women comprised 88.2 percent ...
World Literacy Rates by Country
PBS - 7/18/2011 11:54:15 PM
To view more comprehensive information on the state of education in Colombia, as well as other countries, visit the UNESCO Institute for Statistics page. Want to help improve literacy in Colombia, the United States and around the world? Visit the Take ...
Cuba Puts Fidel Castro to Rest: ‘A Man So Large in a Box So Small’
New York Times - 12/5/2016 4:38:25 PM
Both were attended by heads of state from around the world and other high-level representatives ... many spoke about the country’s free health care and educational systems, the high literacy rate, the low infant mortality rate and the government ...
UAE is the fourth-highest country that reads among 22 Arab nations
Gulf News - 12/6/2016 9:06:16 AM
Dubai: The UAE is the fourth-highest country that reads among the 22 Arab countries ... Index and lauded the UAE for seeking clarity on regional literacy. “We need such an index in the Arab world to take social and economic development to a higher ...
The relationship between literacy rate and GDP per capita of all world countries
prezi.com - 1/7/2013 11:59:16 PM
The Relationship between Literacy Rate and GDP per Capita of All World Countries By: Adarsh Rao, Arnav Singla, Maya Mohan, Sai Syed Ms.Jarvis 4th Period Many factors are used to monitor a country’s development; among these, multiple categories of a ...
Fidel Castro’s Cuban Legacy: True Democracy Of Good Health Care, Low Infant Mortality, High Literacy & Ecosocialism
Counter Currents - 12/1/2016 5:08:48 AM
(b) Caribbean countries invaded by the US in living ... have waged an exemplary battle at the Summit and taught the world a great lesson” . Socialist Cuba’s high literacy, high female literacy and truth-telling. A massive achievement of the ...
The Importance of Financial Inclusion in the Developing World
The Global Dispatch - 11/30/2016 8:04:47 PM
This perfectly illustrates the problem the developing world faces ... education and jobs in developing countries improves, the distribution of wealth will not change until knowledge of these key pillars of financial literacy is widespread.
Australian school students two years behind world's best performing systems
The Singleton Argus - 12/6/2016 12:26:41 PM
Australian high school students are up to two school years behind their peers in the world's best ... of 72 participating countries and economies. Australia has now fallen behind Slovenia, New Zealand and Vietnam in scientific literacy, while it lags ...
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 ...
10 Countries with High Literacy Rate in the World
fedena.com - 1/15/2014 11:53:33 PM
boasts a high literacy rate. If more and more citizens of a country are literate, the country can cope with the fast changing world, ever developing technology. There are countries with high literacy rate and there are countries who spends a good portion ...
EDT, MoE Launch Country-Wide Coaching Project
Brunei Direct - 12/6/2016 12:45:11 AM
These coaches have come from high performing education systems across the world as well as CfBT ... goal is to have two local coaches for numeracy and literacy in every school by 2020 in the country to help every child achieve their potential.