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
GSMA ranks the world’s access to the mobile internet (with a little help from OpenSignal)
opensignal.com - 6/27/2016 9:05:07 AM
The GSMA, however, found that mobile infrastructure wasn’t the determining factor in calculating Australia’s world-leading index score. In fact, several other countries including ... issues ranging from adult literacy to gender inequality.
How many of the 10 fattest countries are Muslim?
Muslim Village - 6/23/2016 2:24:49 PM
It’s no secret that the world has been consistently getting more and more ... other issues that the United States struggles with when compared to similar western countries, such as literacy, equality, and safety. The good news for the United States ...
Least Developed Countries’ Vulnerabilities Make Graduation Difficult
Inter Press Service - 6/25/2016 2:33:47 AM
The main goal was to understand the lessons learnt by the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) over the past five years ... secondary school enrolment rates, and adult literacy. But we did not exceed the threshold for the third criterion, the ...
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 ...
Turnbull sets aside AU$80m for senior digital literacy and women in STEM
ZDNet - 6/27/2016 11:13:58 AM
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced over the weekend a commitment of AU$50 million to improve both the digital literacy of senior Australians ... advisors are employed in schools across the country. "The program breaks down the silos ...
PHL financial literacy score, ranking decline
BusinessWorld Online - 6/22/2016 6:47:52 AM
THE PHILIPPINES’ score and ranking in a financial literacy index declined for last year following a large drop in basic money management, a MasterCard survey released yesterday showed. The Philippines was ranked 11th among 17 countries in the Asia ...
Financial literacy still needs more homework in the UAE
Gulf News - 6/25/2016 9:28:57 AM
To put that number into some perspective, $114 billion can eradicate world hunger nearly four times over ... said there is a need for financial literacy programmes in the country starting with youth. “There’s a direct link between education ...
EU Strategic Communication with the Arab World
eubulletin.com - 6/24/2016 10:56:03 AM
Meanwhile, the instability in the Middle East and North African countries has become ... activities in the Arab world, and focusing on strategic communications in Syria, the development of journalism, media literacy and other topics.
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal Blogs - 11/18/2015 9:53:39 AM
In fact, a sprawling global survey of financial literacy around the world finds that the U.S. ranks 14th, behind Singapore and the Czech Republic. This new measure of financial literacy comes from a survey of 150,000 adults in 148 countries. To conduct a ...
Financial Literacy: Mercy Corps, MasterCard partner to train young Nigerian women
World Stage - 6/21/2016 9:19:23 AM
According to the World Bank ... and education to boost their financial literacy, leadership skills and economic opportunities, we can help them see that a bright future is possible,” says Iveta Ouvry, Nigeria Country Director for Mercy Corps.
World Bank Approves US$ 63 Million for the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Jharkhand, India
The World Bank - 6/21/2016 10:26:48 PM
“The benefits of a country’s demographic ... Financial literacy – This module would help teach numeracy, saving, budgeting, and accessing credit and financial institutions. The credit is from the International Development Association (IDA ...
Youth literacy has improved most in these countries
weforum.org - 6/21/2016 11:59:51 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 ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
The connection between literacy and peace is that it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment in unstable democracies or conflict-affected countries. Activities lined up to celebrate the day include high-level international round table on ...
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 ...
Students' financial literacy, by country
Yahoo Finance - 7/9/2014 8:01:33 AM
Average scores achieved by 15-year-olds on the Program for International Student Assessment financial literacy test conducted for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: US International News Budget, Tax & Economy