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
The International Literacy Association Defines Unique Roles Of School-based Specialized Literacy Professionals
Financial Content - 10/8/2015 9:23:32 AM
The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries. With 60 years of ...
Five challenges prevent financial access for people in developing countries
The Guardian - 10/8/2015 3:42:55 PM
debit cards and credit – aren’t available to many in developing countries Financial products must be adapted to women’s needs, like enabling them to open their own account or improving their financial literacy. Photograph: World Bank Photo Collection ...
WORLD TEACHERS DAY: BEYOND THE FANFARE
P.M. News Nigeria - 10/8/2015 4:25:52 PM
The 2015 World Teachers’ Day celebration has come and gone. Expectedly, across the country, the day was marked with long ... all efforts to bring about the realization of the national mass literacy project would simply go down the drain.
Cameroon: 10 Literacy Centres to Be Constructed
AllAfrica - 10/8/2015 10:20:48 AM
She spoke in Kumbo, Bui Division recently at an event to mark International Literacy Day ... According to the Assistant Country Director of Nascent Solutions for Cameroon, Ndamo Chrispus, literacy is a human right and a means of maintaining peace ...
Indian student to represent UAE at World Education Games
Emirates247 - 10/9/2015 11:16:52 AM
The World Education Games (WEG) is back. Established in 2007, the online games currently has nearly 6 million students participating worldwide. This is a contest in literacy ... from different territories and countries. Students who win their regional ...
What do African Countries Lack to be Stable and Develop?
News of Rwanda - 10/6/2015 11:59:13 PM
Some are not even afraid to attribute the ongoing conflicts in some countries to foreign influence ... Many of the challenges at the time included literacy levels, low level of skills, and lack proper of knowledge on international dynamics at the time ...
Our country’s forgotten half
The Express Tribune - 10/5/2015 2:10:26 AM
Many studies have shown the direct and in-direct benefits of female literacy ... that countries with lower GDP per capita including Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia have better gender parity than Pakistan. Pakistan ranks among the lowest in the world in ...
World Education Games to begin from October 13
Pakistan Observer - 10/4/2015 10:28:31 PM
Two brilliant Pakistani students will represent the country as Ambassadors in the 3 days long online event. The WEG will include World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day and kids from all over the world can play games any time in given days.
Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim: The Lessons of Carabayllo: Making Tough Choices
The World Bank - 10/9/2015 3:27:25 PM
Moreover, the well-being of the bottom 40 percent grew and the average literacy rate among adults more than ... of harmful emissions put into the atmosphere. Led by countries around the world, as well as funding from the multilateral development banks ...
Research says Singaporean Kids are the Smartest in the World
Food World News - 10/9/2015 1:58:32 AM
Straight A students, top of the class and certified teachers' pets--- Singapore is officially the country with the smartest high-school kids in the world, according to CNN ... system to aim for universal literacy. In 1970, Singapore's economic needs ...
UNESCO official praises China's contribution to world literacy
China - 9/28/2015 6:22:07 AM
An official from UNESCO praised China's contribution to world literacy during China Qufu International Confucius ... So far, 27 different organizations from 22 different countries have been awarded the prize. "The tremendous impact of the prize goes ...
The power of literacy
NATIONAL MIRROR - 9/28/2015 11:04:16 PM
NMEC’s mandate appeared unattainable with the growing number of illiterate people across the country. In response to this, the Commission, in partnership with UNESCO, UNICEF and other international development partners, evolved Literacy by Radio ...
Why Singapore has the smartest kids in the world
CNN - 10/5/2015 7:49:51 PM
Singapore (CNN)It's a world-class teacher's pet -- a straight-A student that's top of the class: Singapore is officially the country with the smartest high ... for its education system to aim for universal literacy. But starting in the 1970s, Singapore's ...
Chelsea Clinton's Book IT'S YOUR WORLD: GET INFORMED, GET INSPIRED & GET GOING! to Be Available Digitally for Schools in Sub-Saharan Africa
Broadway World - 10/5/2015 11:53:14 PM
The organization's digital literacy movement has reached over 6 million people ... their communities, in their country and across the world-this book is designed to inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
Perhaps, that informed the setting aside of September 8 every year as the International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational ... in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high ...