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
World Book Day: libraries are a lifeline for literacy and social mobility
theguardian.com - 3/6/2014 9:25:22 AM
Today is World Book day, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a worldwide celebration of reading. It is the biggest event of its kind with more than 100 countries taking part. In the UK ...
Literacy breeds opportunity in remote aboriginal communities
The Vancouver Sun - 3/6/2014 1:43:04 PM
On my many trips around the world I’ve learned the biggest change for the better in any community lies in literacy. Not in cash, food, health or housing. Positive changes happen fastest when children get access to books and computers. Literacy paves the ...
Bold on Literacy: Pulling together to create a literate nation |Editorial
Library Journal - 3/6/2014 10:39:57 PM
Grappling with the literacy gap has long been at the heart of library work, and several conversations I had at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia got me thinking that we need to be more creative about how we address this ...
Will Qatar outperform Arab countries in education by 2020?
Lebanon Daily Star - 3/6/2014 10:32:47 PM
The performance of students in standardized international tests is a good indicator of the quality of K-12 education ... science. In the 2011 test in math for fourth graders, Qatar jumped up to the third rank among nine Arab countries. For the eighth grade ...
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.
African Countries Ranked by Literacy Rate
openequalfree.org - 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 ...
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
Now we recognize that literacy ... rates of adult illiteracy: India (where almost 30 million young women are illiterate), Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania, Egypt and Burkina Faso ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
Relative to other countries in the Gulf region ... which focus on raw goods such as cement and brick. The government also supports public works projects in order to to keep unemployment low. Macau GNI: $52,410 Literacy Rate: 93% Unemployment Rate: 3% ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
FOXBusiness - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
In the 10 nations with the highest poverty rates, HIV prevalence is extremely high. Five of the eight countries for which data are available were in the top 25 ... in the world. In 1993, political differences between Burundi’s two largest ethnic groups ...
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
Here are ten of the most interesting things that countries ... the number baseball movies Americans make, they come a distant second in the medal tally of the now discontinued Baseball World Cup. The country that tops the list is Cuba, with 25 golds ...