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
Math plays a major role in financial literacy
Cincinnati - 8/16/2014 10:04:07 PM
And yet, the Chinese outperformed the rest of the world in the application of concepts ... The impact of socioeconomic background on financial literacy scores varies by country. In the U.S., students’ performance in financial literacy was heavily ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
The connection between literacy and peace is that it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high-level international round table on ...
Students' financial literacy, by country, according to international testing
Fox Business - 7/9/2014 8:15:52 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development:
Students' financial literacy, by country
Denver Post - 7/9/2014 8:51:40 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Country or economy Mean score Shanghai-China 603 ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
We ranked the ten countries with the highest GNI per capita using the most recent data available from the World Bank. To factor in a nation's quality of life, we collected information on literacy, unemployment, and percentage of GDP spent on education.
African Countries Ranked by Literacy Rate
Open Equal Free - 7/19/2013 9:50:35 PM
Equatorial Guinea has been ranked second, with a literacy rate of 87%. With a history of partnership with universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the country has used international cooperation to boost education projects. “We exceeded the ...
World celebrates International Literacy Day
Meri News - 9/8/2008 11:49:50 AM
Of course, such literacy programmes have become successful, but still a fair portion of country’s population in illiterate. According to stats of United Nations there are about four billion literate people across the world. However, making the whole ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher warned ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
World's Best Countries - Categories, Metrics and Methodology
News Week - 8/17/2010 11:57:50 PM
an achievement score was imputed by doing a regression of literacy rate (CIA World Factbook) and average years of schooling against the universal score. , Quick Rationale: Captures overall efficacy of system and differentiates developing countries.
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:00:50 PM
As a whole, basketball has been an international sport since 1900 ... So why has Dieng made it so big, while his country’s literacy rate is 39 percent? The answer is the Sports For Education and Economic Development in Senegal, otherwise known as ...
Digital literacy in the developing world: a gender gap
THE CONVERSATION - 7/8/2014 1:07:34 AM
In the pervasively connected world of the 21st century, creating and sharing knowledge has never ... with the knowledge and skills to access and use them. In developing countries, women are 25% less likely than men to be online. This gap soars to 45% ...
SAARC countries urge regional cooperation to push literacy
Firstpost - 9/7/2013 11:28:46 PM
UNESCO representative Shigeru Aoyagi said the UN body would be happy to work with the South Asian countries in pushing literacy. Saakshar Bharat is the world's largest adult education program, which envisages making 70 million adults literate by 2017.