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
Mobile Phone Data Reveals Literacy Rates in Developing Countries
MIT Technology Review - 7/12/2016 11:56:25 PM
And in any case, data from the developing world is often out of date before it can be used effectively. So a faster, cheaper way of mapping literacy rates would be ... living in an unidentified developing country in Asia. The survey was carried out for ...
Jury meets to find prize-winners for International Literacy Day 2016
malaysiasun.com - 7/19/2016 1:53:59 PM
An international jury has met to choose five projects for ... Speaking of the situation in her home country Colombia, literacy specialist Maria Aurora Carrillo Gullo said poverty which drives inequality was the major obstacle for literacy.
SPC launches multi-media competition: Why reading matters
Saipan Tribune - 7/25/2016 7:59:06 PM
SUVA, Fiji—In the lead up to International Literacy Day on Sept ... multi-media competition that is open to children up to 16 years old from SPC member countries. Literacy and numeracy skills provide a foundation for future generations to succeed ...
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 ...
AIOU signs agreement to promote female literacy
dnd.com.pk - 7/20/2016 10:32:22 AM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) entered into collaborative partnership with Plan International and a private NGO Sanjh Preet to promote female literacy in the country’s backward and less-developed regions through non-formal ...
Jury meets to find prize-winners for the International Literacy Day 2016
UNESCO - 7/18/2016 12:22:07 PM
Speaking of the situation in her home country Colombia, literacy specialist Maria Aurora ... It is about the long-term.” International Literacy Day was born at the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy in Tehran ...
NET-MED Youth World Café held in Beirut to discuss project objectives and implementation strategies
Eastern Partnership - 7/25/2016 1:54:02 PM
Participants of the World Café agreed on appointing a regional focal point to coordinate all actions, creating regional working groups and organising thematic workshops for youth, particularly on youth participation and empowerment, and media literacy.
The Turks Were Able To Repulse It, But Most Countries Can't. Here's Why Coups Happen
IndiaTimes - 7/19/2016 12:42:24 PM
Better socio-economic status reflects higher urbanisation, industrialisation and literacy which is a deterrent to any military misadventure. Developed countries for example ... why military coups have taken place world over. Pakistan is prime example.
International conference on peace and emotional literacy
Republica - 7/21/2016 8:50:58 AM
KATHMANDU, July 21: The Global Peace Foundation and the World Without Anger ... Emotional Literacy, Cultural Diversity, Goodwill and Behavior Management here on July 23. Scholars and professors from seven countries including Nepal, America, Austria ...
Finding a World of Good in Used Books
Publishers Weekly - 7/21/2016 11:52:54 PM
One of the biggest literacy supporters, 14-year-old Better World Books, which was started by three Notre ... Because of Discover’s network of 12 warehouses across the country and in Vancouver, B.C., the company not only donates books but handles their ...
GTU to launch students’ start-up literacy programme on August 15
The Indian Express - 7/26/2016 12:59:45 AM
Gujarat Technological University (GTU) will launch country’s largest ‘student start-up’ literacy programme through Massive ... unique student start-ups from across the countries in the world and also share about start-up ecosystem in India.
Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate Raise Money to Build Five Schools in Impoverished Countries
Franchising - 7/20/2016 6:39:08 PM
Each of the completed schools were built in communities with fewer than 50 percent literacy rates ... community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has ...
You can measure illiteracy around the world just by looking at mobile phone data
Quartz - 7/19/2016 11:37:59 AM
As the developing world moves online, this disadvantage will only ... While survey data is scarce and expensive in poor countries, mobile phones are not. Of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates according to the UN, all but two have a higher ...
New world record set by coding kids across Australia
Port Macquarie News - 7/26/2016 12:09:38 AM
Thousands of kids across Australia have joined forces to set a world record for the greatest number ... to capture the imagination of children across the entire country and help improve digital literacy at the same time. “The support Code Club Australia ...
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal Blogs - 11/18/2015 11:05:14 AM
In fact, a sprawling global survey of financial literacy around the world finds that the U.S. ranks 14th, behind Singapore and the Czech Republic. This new measure of financial literacy comes from a survey of 150,000 adults in 148 countries. To conduct a ...