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
Literacy gap between UK unemployed and those in work 'is highest in Western world'
The Independent - 5/27/2015 12:23:55 PM
The UK, it added, was one of a small number of countries where the percentage of low performers in literacy and numeracy was higher ... “Following years of stagnation in international league tables, this Government’s relentless focus on standards ...
11 Least Educated Countries in the World
INSIDER MONKEY - 5/19/2015 2:46:26 AM
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International Expert (P5) for Skills Based Literacy (SBL) Materials
ReliefWeb - 5/27/2015 1:56:59 PM
Afghanistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of literacy with around 64% of Afghanistan’s population considered functionally illiterate. To improve this situation UNESCO Kabul launched the Programme “Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan ...
Peterborough primary school wins £15,000 library makeover
Peterborough Telegraph - 5/28/2015 7:22:05 AM
A primary school has won a £15,000 makeover for its library as part of an initiative to improve pupils’ literacy. Middleton Primary School ... becomes an example for other schools across the country to learn from. The judging panel for the award ...
Africa: Is Zimbabwe's Adult Literacy Rate the Highest in Africa?
AllAfrica - 5/21/2015 11:58:14 PM
Does Zimbabwe have the highest adult literacy rate in Africa ... told Africa Check that one of the problems with international comparisons is that "countries apply different definitions of what it means to be 'literate'". For example, the Zimbabwean ...
Rockwood students aim to fight hunger in Third World countries
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/19/2015 10:53:12 AM
Kenya’s literacy rate is particularly high because the government ... Because she came from a poor village in Kenya, she knows how life in the Third World country of Kenya is. Zellipah got a good education and moved to America. Eventually she got a ...
UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment
United Nations Development Program - 5/21/2015 8:37:48 PM
The classification of LDCs is contingent on a number of key human development indicators, including levels of poverty, literacy ... as a country remains an LDC. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve ...
World Bank announces $5bn drive to improve quality of global education
theguardian.com - 5/18/2015 4:52:18 PM
The announcement comes a day before leaders from 160 countries gather in South Korea for the World Education Forum ... early childhood care and education, and adult literacy.” Kim said he hopes to replicate the success the bank has had using the same ...
Speech by World Bank Managing Director and COO Sri Mulyani Indrawati at Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meetings
The World Bank - 5/19/2015 9:44:36 PM
Middle income countries are home to five of the world’s seven billion people ... deepening capital and bond markets; lack of financial literacy; low-quality education; lack of skilled labor; social inequality; a need for competitiveness, trade and ...
Union Human Resouce Development Minister attends World Education Forum at South Korea
Newstrack India - 5/26/2015 6:05:43 AM
The Press release was issued during the Press briefing which was addressed by the Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ms. Vrinda Sarup. The Press Release on the World Education Forum ... support from majority of the countries present and was duly ...
Washington Daily News - 5/27/2015 2:58:25 AM
One Book literacy program. In its ninth year of helping build better schools and communities, the grant program has provided over $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the country, according to the grant website. The book follows a child immigrant ...
India has more illiterates than anywhere in the world—partly because of a preference for sons
Quartz - 5/22/2015 4:58:53 AM
India is home to the world’s largest population of illiterates. And part of the blame, according to a new study, may lie in the country’s preference for ... does not have much effect on children’s literacy or health in a rich family.
Letter: Literacy centre a victim of funding cuts
The Vancouver Sun - 5/26/2015 9:33:18 AM
We need to preserve the ability to conceive of literacy as a whole field of capacities that unfold slowly through our lives, enriching our ability to live together, to lead imaginatively expansive lives, and to encounter the world with confidence and ...
Minister takes centre stage at World Education Forum
Ghana Web - 5/23/2015 11:17:05 AM
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, is leading a high powered government delegation to the World Education Forum scheduled ... and to increase adult literacy by 50 per cent. The rest are to achieve gender parity by 2005, gender ...
Preserving our literary heritage- 2015 World Book & Copyright Day
Guyana Chronicle Online - 5/24/2015 12:45:58 AM
The book, in all its forms and manifestations, and in all its complexities including literacy ... And as such World Book and Copyright Day must be featured prominently on the calendar of each country especially since the bigger picture includes and ...