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
The Minister of Education said that Sri Lanka has the highest literacy rate among SAARC countries.
slbc.lk - 3/9/2014 7:12:58 AM
Sri Lanka is the country with highest literacy rate among the countries of the SAARC Region ... The objective of all these programmes is to build a child generation who can win the world. This was stated by the Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena ...
SAARC countries urge regional cooperation to push literacy
Firstpost - 9/7/2013 11:00:08 PM
UNESCO representative Shigeru Aoyagi said the UN body would be happy to work with the South Asian countries in pushing literacy. Saakshar Bharat is the world's largest adult education program, which envisages making 70 million adults literate by 2017.
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
5. Mali: Niger’s neighbor on the west, the literacy rate in Mali is 33.4 percent. 43.1 percent of the adult male population can read and 24.6 percent of the country’s women. 6. Chad: This west African country is Niger’s neighbor on its eastern ...
African Countries Ranked by Literacy Rate
openequalfree.org - 7/19/2013 9:50:35 PM
South Africa, Kenya, and Namibia follow Equatorial Guinea in the rankings ... last few years,” noted a Ministry of Education officer, referring to the 70.4% literacy rate. Literacy in Rwanda has risen five percentage points since 2006, with the increase ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England's 16 ... do not necessarily mean better skills. "When you look at this snapshot you do have to conclude that these young people are not any ...
UNESCO Ranks Equatorial Guinea Highest Adult Literacy Country in Sub-Saharan Africa
Reuters - 9/13/2010 2:57:35 PM
In Equatorial Guinea, as in many other African countries, the International Literacy Day has been dedicated to improve the literacy of women, with the theme "Literacy and Empowerment of Women." The objective is to fight against the ...
India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
Of the 771 million adult illiterates in the world without basic literacy skills ... The report puts India among the 30 countries unable to achieve adult literacy targets by 2015, due to the slow pace of progress. The other countries at risk of not ...
World Book Day: libraries are a lifeline for literacy and social mobility
theguardian.com - 3/6/2014 10:22:38 AM
Today is World Book day, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a worldwide celebration of reading. It is the biggest event of its kind with more than 100 countries taking part. In the UK, the Reading ...
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 ...
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:58:06 PM
With the NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement on his intentions to step down in 2014, I began thinking about Stern’s legacy. Stern took over the NBA at a time when the league was in decline. There were even talks about the NBA being ...
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
The country that tops the list is Cuba, with 25 golds, four silvers and two bronze ... game for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in Fukuoka, Japan Photographs: Ricardo Lopez/Reuters Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries for its oil production.
Pranab called for achieving literacy rate at par with leading countries in the world.
http://www.allvoices.com/ - 9/8/2013 1:47:46 PM
India's endeavour should be to bring its literacy rate up to match not only the world average but touch the levels attained by the leading nations, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. "The time has come to put in renewed vigour and concerted...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
We ranked the ten countries with the highest GNI per capita using the most recent data available from the World Bank. To factor in a nation's quality of life, we collected information on literacy, unemployment, and percentage of GDP spent on education.
World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?
theguardian.com - 12/6/2010 11:55:03 PM
The world education rankings from the OECD are out. The UK is slipping down in maths, reading and science, and has been overtaken by Poland and Norway, this major study of 65 countries reveals today. Around 470,000 15-year-olds across the world sat a ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
FOXBusiness - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
... and literacy rates are particularly low in these countries. While adult literacy figures were unavailable for many of these nations, those that have reported data were among the worst in the world. In several cases, less than half of eligible children ...