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
African Countries Ranked by Literacy Rate
openequalfree.org - 7/19/2013 9:50:35 PM
Zimbabwe has come on top in African literacy rankings released by The ... Despite a slight decrease from last year, the country still reports a literacy rate of more than 90%. Government-owned newspaper The Herald has attributed the ranking to education ...
SAARC countries urge regional cooperation to push literacy
Firstpost - 9/7/2013 11:00:08 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.
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 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 ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
4. Niger: The ratio of men to women in this landlocked western African country is also lopsided: the literacy rate is 42.9 percent for men, 15.1 percent for women and 28.7 percent overall. 5. Mali: Niger’s neighbor on the west, the literacy rate in ...
UNESCO Ranks Equatorial Guinea Highest Adult Literacy Country in Sub-Saharan Africa
Reuters - 9/13/2010 2:57:35 PM
In Equatorial Guinea, as in many other African countries, the International Literacy Day has been dedicated to improve the literacy of women, with the theme "Literacy and Empowerment of Women." The objective is to fight against the ...
India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
Of the 771 million adult illiterates in the world without basic literacy skills ... The report puts India among the 30 countries unable to achieve adult literacy targets by 2015, due to the slow pace of progress. The other countries at risk of not ...
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 ...
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:58:06 PM
With the NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement on his intentions to step down in 2014, I began thinking about Stern’s legacy. Stern took over the NBA at a time when the league was in decline. There were even talks about the NBA being ...
Pranab called for achieving literacy rate at par with leading countries in the world.
http://www.allvoices.com/ - 9/8/2013 1:47:46 PM
India's endeavour should be to bring its literacy rate up to match not only the world average but touch the levels attained by the leading nations, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. "The time has come to put in renewed vigour and concerted...
World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?
theguardian.com - 12/6/2010 11:55:03 PM
The UK is slipping down in maths, reading and science, and has been overtaken by Poland and Norway, this major study of 65 countries reveals today. Around 470,000 15-year-olds across the world sat a numeracy, literacy and science test last year ...
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 ... 5% of GDP on education. The country also has sizable exports of machinery and chemicals. Netherlands GNI: $40,940 Literacy Rate: 99% ...
Literacy and numeracy: which country tops the league?
theguardian.com - 10/8/2013 12:00:36 PM
Membership to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) means that a country has ... group of experts to develop questionnaires so that they could go out and collect the data first-hand on adult skills. All in all, 166 000 adults ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
FOXBusiness - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
While down from 15.1 ... countries, including the presence of armed conflict and recent natural disasters. These are the 10 poorest countries in the world. Sao Tome and Principe, a country of fewer than 200,000 people off the western coast of Africa ...
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
Comprising about 17,508 islands Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country and has 150 active volcanoes at the very least. You may have thought it was India but it isn't. The tiny nation of Papua New Guinea is the most culturally and ...
English children's literacy levels 'among the worst in the developed world'
Daily Mail - 3/5/2014 11:59:52 PM
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study spanned 40 countries - Belgium was represented by its two sections - and five Canadian provinces. It found that children in England - Wales and Northern Ireland were not included - were less likely to ...