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
International Skill-based Literacy (SBL) Development and Material Designer Consultant
ReliefWeb - 3/4/2015 3:15:07 PM
Afghanistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of literacy with around 64% of Afghanistan’s population considered functionally illiterate. To combat this situation UNESCO Kabul launched the Programme “Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan ...
The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets
Billboard - 2/27/2015 1:33:41 PM
Revenue gains in Spain and Italy are notable because of the size of the countries' economies. Spain and Italy have the world's 13th and 8th largest ... Broadband penetration and digital literacy is high. Swedish Songwriters Push for Fair Share of ...
Improving educational status and literacy graph
Rising Kashmir - 3/3/2015 6:58:13 PM
One such scheme, launched on 8th September 2009—the International Literacy Day—with the purpose ... valuable suggestions on improving the educational status of the country and literacy graph. There are numerous constraints and challenges, like decent ...
World Read Aloud Day
WGNO - 3/4/2015 10:17:28 PM
Around the world, more than one million people in 80 countries are reading aloud. The reason is to show the planet that literacy belongs to everybody. It’s World Read Aloud Day. And it’s celebrated every year the first Wednesday in March.
Why Women in Developing Countries Are Less Likely to Own a Phone Than Men
Motherboard - 3/2/2015 4:50:33 PM
Mobile phones are seeing increased uptake across the developing world, but adoption of the ... of phone credit also up there. In all countries, this was reported as a much bigger barrier than lacking technical literacy. Why is that a gendered issue?
Deakin University & WHO launch Health Literacy Toolkit for developing countries launched in India
India Education Diary - 2/23/2015 7:11:53 AM
The Health Literacy Toolkit was launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata ... People living in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, particularly those with little education, can have very poor ...
Technogym 2015 Let's Move for a Better World Challenge Starts Today
istock Analyst - 3/2/2015 11:21:16 AM
The Let’s Move for a Better World challenge represents just one of the major cause oriented initiatives that Technogym has developed to promote physical literacy across the ... facility in each participating country will have the opportunity to make ...
Jordan's 'Philosopher Prince': Literacy Would Help Fight Fanaticism
NPR News - 2/27/2015 5:37:04 PM
Royal elder Prince El Hassan bin Talal talks to Robert Siegel about the country's role in fighting terrorism and extremism. He concludes that the Arab world needs more literacy to combat fanaticism. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.
World Bank Group helps Tajiks increase financial literacy
Xinhua News Agency - 2/23/2015 1:52:44 PM
The teaching will be delivered via a variety of channels including television and radio, according to the country office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. A recent research on financial literacy in Tajikistan ...
African literacy project receives Oxford boost
cajnewsafrica.com - 3/4/2015 5:13:50 AM
Keynote speakers will include International Literacy Association Director Marcie Craig Post ... They have taken place every two years since 1999 in countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda.
Early literacy takes second stage as Washington debates education bill
The Daily Beacon - 3/4/2015 7:58:28 AM
Despite government intervention programs, more rigorous teaching assessments and added federal funding, American students were most recently ranked behind 27 of 65 developed countries by the Programme for International ... of early literacy to overall ...
Here's One Way to Help Girls Around the World This International Women's Day
Glamour - 2/27/2015 2:02:19 PM
A $25 donation pays for after-school programs and mentorship. A $50 donation helps pay for basic literacy education for a girl in a developing country. It's really that simple. On International Women's Day this Sunday, Glamour's Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive ...
Economic Survey: Marked increase in female literacy; Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to address issue
Firstpost - 2/27/2015 8:04:24 AM
There has been a marked improvement in female literacy ... for International Students Assessment (PISA) which measures the knowledge and skills of 15 year-olds has rated Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh only higher to other States in the Country.
Braille – the Key to Accessing Language and Literacy for the Blind of the World
Pressbox - 2/19/2015 11:58:47 PM
Continuous Braille reading holds the key to learning spelling and active literacy skills ... high speed braille printers housed in braille production centers in countries around the world. Moreover, advocacy efforts are underway to have more braille ...
Govt wants WB to focus on infrastructure in next country programme
The Daily Star - 2/21/2015 6:19:58 PM
The vice president of the World Bank for its South Asia region, Annette Dixon, arrived in the capital yesterday on a five-day visit. Officials said the WB's involvement in the country's infrastructure ... increased life expectancy, literacy, and improved ...