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
Unreasonable Alchemy's Project Literacy Lab: Helping Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Global Illiteracy
Forbes - 7/26/2016 3:25:54 PM
As part of its mission to become a juggernaut in the world of social entrepreneurship, Unreasonable Group recently launched its latest program: Project Literacy Lab ... ventures with operations in more than 30 countries. Longer-term, the accelerator ...
Geoff Johnson: Increased literacy increases economic growth
Times Colonist - 7/28/2016 7:45:24 AM
According to a 2013 International Literacy Survey, a collaborative effort by 20 governments ... putting Canada first among 35 countries with similar available data. That might seem contradictory to the literacy-network stats, but apparently 93 per cent ...
GTU will launch country’s largest student start-up literacy programme on August 15
PrepSure - 7/26/2016 9:27:59 AM
This year, through Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Gujarat Technological University (GTU) will launch country’s largest ‘student start-up’ literacy programme on ... ups from across the countries in the world and also share about start-up ecosystem ...
Jury meets to find prize-winners for International Literacy Day 2016
malaysiasun.com - 7/19/2016 1:53:59 PM
An international jury has met to choose five projects for ... Speaking of the situation in her home country Colombia, literacy specialist Maria Aurora Carrillo Gullo said poverty which drives inequality was the major obstacle for literacy.
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 ...
Theater Brings Literacy to Life for Kids
good.is - 7/28/2016 2:26:16 PM
By using letters themselves—the foundation of reading and writing—Project Literacy examines the ways illiteracy underpins some of the greatest challenges facing the world today ... and auditoriums across the country, theatre and spoken word bring ...
World Youth Day: Millennials Active in Faith Despite 'Bad Rap,' Using Bible App to Draw Closer Together
The Christian Post - 7/29/2016 12:09:04 PM
The official website for WYD says that the "worldwide encounter with the pope" is held every three years in a different country ... literacy, care for the poor and suffering, and vibrant personal faith come together in a way that changes the world.
New world record set by coding kids across Australia
Port Macquarie News - 7/26/2016 10:25:15 AM
Thousands of kids across Australia have joined forces to set a world record for the greatest number ... to capture the imagination of children across the entire country and help improve digital literacy at the same time. “The support Code Club Australia ...
Fighting for Our Freedom: What this Election Shows Us About Why Critical Literacy Still Matters
Alter Net - 7/26/2016 4:01:41 PM
In more accessible language, critical literacy is the ability of any person to act on her/his world instead of being a slave to that ... as essential if people were to achieve freedom and if a country were to ever become equitable (in our inception ...
AIOU signs agreement to promote female literacy
dnd.com.pk - 7/20/2016 10:32:22 AM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) entered into collaborative partnership with Plan International and a private NGO Sanjh Preet to promote female literacy in the country’s backward and less-developed regions through non-formal ...
Teacher cognitive ability around the world
Brookings - 7/25/2016 6:58:51 AM
For literacy skills, American teachers look about like ... underpayment number likely is somewhat exaggerated in comparison to other countries. It’s possible that international comparisons fail to fully capture the other ways we compensate our teachers ...
The Turks Were Able To Repulse It, But Most Countries Can't. Here's Why Coups Happen
IndiaTimes - 7/19/2016 12:42:24 PM
Better socio-economic status reflects higher urbanisation, industrialisation and literacy which is a deterrent to any military misadventure. Developed countries for example ... why military coups have taken place world over. Pakistan is prime example.
Climate 'calamities' boost risk of armed conflicts in ethnically divided countries
Mashable - 7/26/2016 7:22:07 PM
Drought, heat waves and other climate-related disasters may be fueling armed conflicts in countries where ethnic groups are sharply ... on record for the Eastern Hemisphere and Asia, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported.
International conference on peace and emotional literacy
Republica - 7/21/2016 8:50:58 AM
KATHMANDU, July 21: The Global Peace Foundation and the World Without Anger ... Emotional Literacy, Cultural Diversity, Goodwill and Behavior Management here on July 23. Scholars and professors from seven countries including Nepal, America, Austria ...
Mobile Phone Data Reveals Literacy Rates in Developing Countries
MIT Technology Review - 7/12/2016 11:56:25 PM
And in any case, data from the developing world is often out of date before it can be used effectively. So a faster, cheaper way of mapping literacy rates would be ... living in an unidentified developing country in Asia. The survey was carried out for ...