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
Gambia: Soroptimist Observes World Literacy Day
AllAfrica - 10/27/2014 10:58:54 AM
Members of the Soroptimist International of Banjul on Friday observed World Literacy Day, on the theme ... to discuss on the way forward and how to prevent themselves and the country from the deadly Ebola virus. Speaking at the gathering, the president ...
Literacy cornerstone of progress: Malaysia PM Najib
aquila-style.com - 10/29/2014 5:34:25 AM
Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is adamant that progress can only be achieved when Muslim nations focus on increasing the literacy rates in their respective countries. Speaking at the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum in Dubai, Najib raised ...
Top 10 most gender equal countries in sub-Saharan Africa
forumblog.org - 10/28/2014 12:09:18 PM
But it is amongst the lowest performing countries globally on literacy rate, and enrolment in primary and ... Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme, at the World Economic Forum. Image: Shiraz Al-Tayeb Hamid (R), managing director of her family ...
Local Preschoolers Help Set New World Record For Literacy
CBS Pittsburgh - 10/30/2014 6:54:57 PM
In an event sponsored by PNC Bank, they hoped to set a Guinness World Record for literacy. “We’ve got students ... it’s just one of 37 cities across the country taking part in the same event at the same time. Participants are hoping for at least ...
Foundation supports financial literacy
The Nation - 10/26/2014 10:27:17 PM
The competitions are organised to mark the World Literacy Day which is held annually in September ... Wheels Project that was carried out in different Lafarge sites around the country. Books on wheels is one of the many literacy programmes put together ...
Income inequality: India among worst-performing countries
Rediff India Abroad - 10/28/2014 7:58:46 AM
India's slipped 13 spots from its last year's ranking of 101 on the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. India is part of the 20 worst-performing countries on the labour force participation, estimated earned income, literacy rate and sex ratio at ...
The 10 Most Educated Countries in the World
INSIDER MONKEY - 10/29/2014 12:00:57 PM
taking into account factors like adult literacy rate, primary school enrollment, secondary school enrollment, and women’s mean years in school. Using these statistics, we have compiled a ranking of the ten most educated countries in the world.
Shame! India ranks 114 out of 142 countries in WEF's Gender Gap Index
Firstpost - 10/28/2014 4:27:00 PM
India's slipped 13 spots from its last year's ranking of 101 on the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. India is part of the 20 worst-performing countries on the labour force participation, estimated earned income, literacy rate and sex ratio ...
India slides in gender equality index, ranks 114 out of 142 countries
Daily News and Analysis - 10/28/2014 9:38:59 AM
India slipped 13 spots from its last year's ranking of 101 on the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. India is part of the 20 worst-performing countries on the labour force participation, estimated earned income, literacy rate and sex ratio at ...
How Financial Literacy Will Affect Entrepreneurship in America
Examiner - 10/27/2014 10:30:16 AM
It’s long been known that China has successfully integrated financial literacy into its curriculum. The aforementioned countries like Belgium ... If America expects to keep up with the rest of the world, continuing to build a strong economy ...
India ranks 114 out of 142 nations on World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report
IBN Live - 10/28/2014 4:38:20 AM
India's slipped 13 spots from its 2013's ranking of 101 on the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. India is part of the 20 worst-performing countries on the labour force participation, estimated earned income, literacy rate and sex ratio at birth ...
Leo Burnett's Rich Stoddart shows how brands can empower girls, promote literacy and foster world peace (videos)
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/17/2014 5:55:48 AM
and make a friend in the other country. "The whole idea of actually touching hands, it's like communicating with each other without words," one participant commented. "A moment of happiness has the power to bring the world together," it said at the end.
Literacy advocate wins Rubenstein prize, but teaching the world to read remains a challenge
Washington Post - 10/9/2014 11:59:02 PM
Room to Read CEO Erin Ganju accepts the Rubenstein Prize, one of the Library of Congress’s literacy awards ... in seven countries in Asia and three countries in Africa. Room to Read’s main goal is to teach the world’s 126 million illiterate children ...
Missouri college professor reaches out to quarantined students in Liberia
Daily Journal - 10/17/2014 4:22:44 AM
Liberia's literacy levels are so low, communication must be swift and easy to understand for both adults and children in the west African country fighting the Ebola outbreak. Saul visited Liberia in January as president of the International Book Bank ...
Make A Difference Day book-giveaway focuses on literacy
Wausau Daily Herald - 10/22/2014 7:47:23 PM
And a kid who has a difficult time in school in today's world will be much more likely ... school systems and parenting advocates across the country are focusing attention and resources on early childhood literacy. It's also why Gannett Central Wisconsin ...