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
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
Barely anyone — one to two percent of the population — could read in ancient Rome and nobody thought more people should. Now we recognize that literacy is a human right; that being able to read and write is personally empowering and, in a world that ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 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 a shrinking pool of skilled workers. Unlike other ... many more qualifications, but the test results show that these younger people ...
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 LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
EVER heard the saying that Illiteracy is a disease? Perhaps, that informed the setting aside of September 8 every year as the International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO; an agency of the ...
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
An incredible map designed by Rafaan Anvari, William Samari and Ray Yamartino highlights what (almost) every country is famous (or infamous) for. Planet Earth can be beautiful and humbling (see this) but it can also be funny, quirky or downright silly.
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
As this list shows, a country doesn't have to be an economic giant to be among the richest countries in the world. It just has to have either a government that makes sure wealth is distributed broadly across the population or a small population that ...
10 most educated countries in the world
Yahoo! - 10/15/2013 10:19:15 AM
But the country still has one of the most educated populations in the world. Additionally, nearly 23% of Japanese adults were proficient at the highest levels of literacy, roughly double the U.S. proportion. High school graduation rates were also among the ...
EU leading action to boost literacy in developing countries
europa.eu - 1/20/2013 11:58:10 PM
In addition to efforts to improve levels of literacy in the EU through its 'Europe Loves Reading' campaign, the European Commission is also at the forefront of action to tackle the problem in the world's developing countries. Since 2007, the Commission has ...
Schools go backwards: Pupils are worse at maths and literacy than their grandparents
Daily Mail - 10/9/2013 10:26:22 AM
England is the only developed country producing school leavers who are worse ... high productivity and wages. The Coalition has taken steps to improve education, demanding an end to grade inflation and making courses and exams tougher. The ...
The poorest countries in the world
NBC News - 9/18/2012 11:16:07 AM
... 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 ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
FOXBusiness - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
In four of these countries, the average resident will not live to see 50. 24/7 Wall St. relied on World Bank data for the percentage of residents who are living below their national poverty lines. Data was only available ... while the military has been ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff - 6/14/2012 7:26:22 AM
Indians are among the least financially literate people across the globe with youngsters and women struggling most with their finance knowledge due to lack of discussions within the families on money management issues, says a report by credit card firm Visa.
SAARC countries urge regional cooperation to push literacy
Firstpost - 9/7/2013 11:00:08 PM
New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) India’s Saakshar Bharat adult literacy programme, which has been named for a UNESCO award, Saturday came in for praise from South Asian neighbours, especially Afghanistan and Pakistan, with countries calling for the need for ...