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
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And in any case, data from the developing world is often out of date before it can be used effectively.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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Jury meets to find prize-winners for the International Literacy Day 2016
UNESCO - 7/18/2016 12:22:07 PM
Speaking of the situation in her home country Colombia, literacy specialist Maria Aurora ... It is about the long-term.” International Literacy Day was born at the World Congress of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy in Tehran ...
Jordan ranks 96th in world for infant mortality — UNICEF
Jordan Times - 7/11/2016 8:51:30 PM
Meanwhile, the report showed that the rate of primary school net enrolment in Jordan is 88 per cent according to 2010-2014 figures, and total adult literacy rate in the 2009-2014 period is 93 per cent. Jordan ranked 100th among 179 world countries in the ...
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.
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 ...
Finding a World of Good in Used Books
Publishers Weekly - 7/22/2016 11:23:05 PM
One of the biggest literacy supporters, 14-year-old Better World Books, which was started by three Notre ... Because of Discover’s network of 12 warehouses across the country and in Vancouver, B.C., the company not only donates books but handles their ...
Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate Raise Money to Build Five Schools in Impoverished Countries
Franchising - 7/20/2016 6:39:08 PM
Each of the completed schools were built in communities with fewer than 50 percent literacy rates ... community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has ...
You can measure illiteracy around the world just by looking at mobile phone data
Quartz - 7/19/2016 11:37:59 AM
As the developing world moves online, this disadvantage will only ... While survey data is scarce and expensive in poor countries, mobile phones are not. Of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates according to the UN, all but two have a higher ...
Our focus now is on spreading literacy: Shyamashree Sen
India Blooms - 7/23/2016 10:50:17 AM
Rotary International's focus is still Eradication of Polio as there are still two countries that are endemic. However, Rotary in India is now focused on not just keeping India Polio free, but in spreading the light of literacy far and wide so that soon ...
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal Blogs - 11/18/2015 9:53:39 AM
In fact, a sprawling global survey of financial literacy around the world finds that the U.S. ranks 14th, behind Singapore and the Czech Republic. This new measure of financial literacy comes from a survey of 150,000 adults in 148 countries. To conduct a ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC - 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 warned ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
Youth literacy has improved most in these countries
weforum.org - 6/1/2016 11:54:56 PM
On 25 September, 193 world leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Goal number four aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, including a specific target for universal youth literacy by 2030. This target ...