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
Around The World, This Is How Girls And Boys Are Stacking Up Against Each Other In School
The Huffington Post - 3/5/2015 4:58:20 AM
The comprehensive, 176-page report looks at gender differences in student performance across 64 countries and economies. The OECD distributes the Programme for International Student ... they tend to gain necessary literacy skills by adulthood.
International Basic General Literacy (BGL) Learner and Teacher Training Material Developer Consultant
ReliefWeb - 3/5/2015 3:13:56 PM
Afghanistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of literacy with around 64% of Afghanistan’s population considered functionally illiterate. To combat this situation UNESCO Kabul launched the Programme “Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan ...
The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets
Billboard - 2/27/2015 1:33:41 PM
Revenue gains in Spain and Italy are notable because of the size of the countries' economies. Spain and Italy have the world's 13th and 8th largest ... Broadband penetration and digital literacy is high. Swedish Songwriters Push for Fair Share of ...
Sierra Leone News : Child Welfare Society Launched First Read Aloud world Day
Awareness Times - 3/5/2015 4:47:00 PM
She made this statement on Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 at CWS-SL country office at circular road ... improve and empower the lives of girls around the world through storytelling, creation expression, literacy and mentorship in times of great trouble and ...
Deakin University & WHO launch Health Literacy Toolkit for developing countries launched in India
India Education Diary - 2/23/2015 7:11:53 AM
The Health Literacy Toolkit was launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata ... People living in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries, such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, particularly those with little education, can have very poor ...
Improving educational status and literacy graph
Rising Kashmir - 3/3/2015 6:58:13 PM
One such scheme, launched on 8th September 2009—the International Literacy Day—with the purpose ... valuable suggestions on improving the educational status of the country and literacy graph. There are numerous constraints and challenges, like decent ...
World Book Day 2015 – How books are inspiring children to ‘Do Great Things’
blogs.msdn.com - 3/5/2015 5:41:17 AM
Today is World Book Day, an event designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe ... but important transformation of societal literacy. While it took until the 19th century ...
Integrated West African Capital Market By 2016 Is Feasible – Ndanusa
Channels Television - 3/5/2015 6:55:51 PM
He said harmonisation of market processes and financial literacy remains key to achieving ... Besides the decreasing prices of oil at the international market, security threat and differences in currencies among countries in the sub region appear to ...
World Read Aloud Day
WGNO - 3/4/2015 10:17:28 PM
Around the world, more than one million people in 80 countries are reading aloud. The reason is to show the planet that literacy belongs to everybody. It’s World Read Aloud Day. And it’s celebrated every year the first Wednesday in March.
World of Words and More @ the Agassiz Library
The Agassiz Harrison Observer - 3/5/2015 9:58:58 AM
What runs the world? Words! We all know that deep down. We have rules composed of words that run our lives, towns, countries … we have books ... It builds creativity, literacy skills (seriously!) and friendships – a perfect partnership that truly ...
Why Women in Developing Countries Are Less Likely to Own a Phone Than Men
Motherboard - 3/2/2015 4:50:33 PM
Mobile phones are seeing increased uptake across the developing world, but adoption of the ... of phone credit also up there. In all countries, this was reported as a much bigger barrier than lacking technical literacy. Why is that a gendered issue?
Oxford University Press to Sponsor National Literacy Conference in Cape Town
bookslive.co.za - 3/4/2015 7:44:09 AM
They have taken place every two years since 1999 in countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda. This year’s event will be run in association with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the ...
World Book Day Tweet From Ministry Of Justice Is Rather Ironic After Prison Book Ban
Huffington Post UK - 3/5/2015 1:26:34 PM
"For the Ministry of Justice to now put itself forward as a champion of prisoner literacy is an insult to every man and ... reading groups and some of the best-known authors in the country, and pressed on with the ban regardless - in fact, the ban was ...
Jordan's 'Philosopher Prince': Literacy Would Help Fight Fanaticism
NPR News - 2/27/2015 5:37:04 PM
Royal elder Prince El Hassan bin Talal talks to Robert Siegel about the country's role in fighting terrorism and extremism. He concludes that the Arab world needs more literacy to combat fanaticism. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.
Meeting Charles Chahwan, the Arab World's Answer to Bukowski
VICE - 3/5/2015 4:47:00 PM
The relative dearth in translations of Western literature into Arabic is often attributed to religious conservatism and low literacy ... to country, region to region) and written Arabic, which comes in a largely uniform style across the Arab world.