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
How Thousands of Bookmarks Are Going to Improve Global Literacy
Save the Children - 9/28/2014 11:57:45 PM
29, 2014) — The Bezos Family Foundation, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group announce the launch of the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge to give thousands of children in underserved countries ... materials to their international book banks ...
Feature: Gaining the Special Award of Excellence in Literacy
news.pia.gov.ph - 9/29/2014 4:39:55 PM
TAGUM CITY this year becomes the cream of the crop among the country’s local governments units in advancing ... It was also in that year that the city received the King Sejong International Literacy Prize awarded by the United Nations Scientific and ...
Target makes donation to HISD Literacy By 3 initiative
Your Houston News - 9/28/2014 11:36:17 PM
The Houston Independent School District will continue to build on its literacy efforts through a $95,000 grant from the Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) — just in time to celebrate International ... communities across the country. These efforts include ...
Boosting literacy development in Nigeria
Businessday - 9/16/2014 11:57:40 PM
Wike made the revelation at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day. At the 2013 edition of same event Wike disclosed that adult illiterates rate in the country have increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million in 2013. Wike further ...
The most educated countries in the world
Yahoo Finance - 9/11/2014 2:23:47 PM
ALSO READ: Best Economies in the World According to Andreas Schleicher ... And nearly 15% of adults in the country performed at the highest level of literacy proficiency, versus an OECD average of 12%. > Tertiary education spending per student: $7,424 ...
World Literacy Day passes almost unnoticed
Daily Times - 9/8/2014 8:46:44 PM
LAHORE: Where Pakistan stands at the bottom of literacy rate ranking among South Asian countries, the World Literacy Day passed almost unnoticed as not even a single ceremony was held across the city on government level on Monday. The UNESCO proclaimed ...
Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries
CBC - 8/28/2014 8:45:27 PM
True or false? The council cautioned that Canada's high international ranking should be "interpreted carefully as Canadian data are more recent and science literacy has been improving over time in most countries." In fact, Canadians' own science literacy ...
2014 International Literacy Day
Modern Ghana - 9/8/2014 3:35:56 AM
... the rest of the world to celebrate International Literacy Day. The Day was set aside by the United Nations (UN) as an annual event for evaluating literacy programmes and all actions taken by member countries of the UN to address the old age problem of ...
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
Denver Post - 7/9/2014 2:10:48 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 ...
OECD: English school leavers 'among least literate and numerate in the developed world'
Daily Telegraph - 10/8/2013 8:54:29 AM
England was the only country in the developed world in which adults aged 55-to-65 performed better in literacy and numeracy than those aged 16-to-24 after taking account of other factors such as the economic background of those taking the test. The ...
Report: Most unfair countries for women
USA Today - 11/2/2013 1:32:39 PM
Countries scored worse by each measure when the gap between men and women for that measure was the widest. For example, women in Yemen do not have the lowest literacy rate in the world, but the gap between men and women by that measure is the widest ...
Bring literacy rate on par with world's leading societies, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Economic Times - 9/8/2014 9:48:10 AM
Despite this, our literacy level is below the world average of 84 per cent," the President said. While the country has set a target of 80 per cent literacy by the end of the 12th Plan, Mukherjee said during this period the Government would also seek to ...
International Literacy Day - 8th September
Earth Times - 9/5/2012 2:30:30 PM
... countries with a poor level of literacy were also among the poorest countries in the world and that there was a close connection between illiteracy and prejudice against women. Each year International Literacy Day has a particular theme. Past themes ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/19/2010 10:53:29 AM
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.