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
Which countries have the best literacy and numeracy rates?
World Economic Forum - 2/3/2016 9:48:14 AM
Teenagers in the Republic of Korea have the highest levels of literacy and numeracy ... growth over the past 50 years. The country is currently rated as one of the top performing in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Young people in England have the 'lowest literacy levels' in the developed world
The Business Insider - 1/29/2016 6:33:43 AM
Young people in England are the most illiterate in the developed world with many students ... higher than in top-performing countries such as Finland, Japan, Korea and the Netherlands. South Korea came top of the list for literacy — assessed by the ...
England named worst in developed world for literacy. So yes, school reform is needed.
The Spectator - 1/29/2016 6:29:33 PM
Today’s OECD study of basic skills ranks England lowest in the developed world for literacy, and second lowest for numeracy ... results of a study taken four years ago where 5,000 in each country were sampled so, to some extent, it’s a hangover ...
Official Roster of Teams and Advisory Board Announced in the $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE
Financial Content - 2/3/2016 10:59:48 AM
XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and managing incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, today announced 109 teams from 15 countries competing for the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar ...
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 ...
OECD finds literacy an issue among university students
The Irish Times - 1/30/2016 12:56:06 AM
Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world, based on an analysis by the ... Among 16- to 19- year-olds, Ireland ranked 18th of 23 countries in literacy, and 21st out of 23 in numeracy.
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016
Department of Health - 1/29/2016 3:16:17 PM
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measures the reading ability of 10-year-olds, which can then be compared with other countries. The study is run by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA ...
The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
24/7 Wall ST - 1/27/2016 5:45:59 AM
No country is free of corruption ... GDP per capita figures are based on purchasing power parity. Literacy rates, Gini index scores, and poverty rates are from the World Bank. All data are as of the most recent period available. These are the 15 most ...
Around Town: Books for the World promotes literacy across the globe
Madison - 2/1/2016 12:25:06 AM
Then one day she learned of a Rotary International program called Books for the World ... to a cargo container for shipment to a local Rotary Club in a developing country, according to volunteer Dave Peterson. Today, the program serves more than 25 ...
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 11/18/2015 11:05:14 AM
The survey data showed a financial literacy gender gap in most countries around the world: About 35% of men and 30% of women ... WSJCentralBanks for central banking news and analysis Get WSJ economic analysis delivered to your inbox: Sign up for the ...
Government aims for 50% digital literacy in 3 years
Economic Times - 2/4/2016 3:09:10 PM
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said 100 per cent digital literacy is required to make the country a truly digitalised society ... on Cyber Safety and Cyber Awareness' said, "The world is keenly watching developments in India and it is the ...
PRI's The World
Public Radio International - 1/30/2016 11:40:21 AM
It's even harder when children's books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia's civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.
Insight - Many Iranian women and youth feel failed by reformists ahead of vote
Channel News Asia - 2/4/2016 8:38:27 PM
Iranian women, who make up more than half of the population, are among the most highly educated in the Middle East; they have a literacy ... in the country's multi-tiered political system oppose his plans to open the Iranian economy to the world, fearing ...
Literacy, technology fuel Arab unrest
Japan Times - 2/2/2016 10:10:53 AM
Riesman’s framework has particular resonance in the Arab world today, where rising literacy rates ... It may be no coincidence that Lebanon, one of the first countries in the region to boost literacy rates, was also the first to tumble into civil war.