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 International Literacy Association Launches Coalition During First Leaders For Literacy Day On April 14th
Financial Content - 4/15/2015 7:11:39 PM
The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries. With 60 years of ...
Most Countries Have Failed To Meet UN's 'Education For All' Goals, Finds New Report
International Business Times - 4/10/2015 2:56:53 AM
Most countries in the world have failed to achieve the “Education for All ... The EFA agreement also set a target of achieving a 50 percent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015 -- a target that was achieved by only 25 percent of the ...
The Healthiest (and Least Healthy) Countries in the World
MSN - 4/6/2015 3:11:47 PM
About 28% of Central African Republic residents are considered obese, one of the higher rates in the world. As in other unhealthy nations, the literacy rate of less than 37% was among the lowest percentages worldwide. Sudan’s ranking as the country with ...
Elementary school students experience world culture at SVSU
MLive - 4/16/2015 10:13:35 AM
International students attending SVSU ... said each group of elementary students were assigned a different country and got to visit six stations that teach about currency, art, language, literacy through hands-on activities. Saginaw Public Schools, the ...
Despite major gains, world's education goals far from achieved – UNESCO
UN News Centre - 4/8/2015 11:59:07 PM
And the world's poorest children remain five ... Half of sub-Saharan African women do not have basic literacy skills. Gender parity will be achieved at the primary level in 69 per cent of countries by 2015. Child marriage and early pregnancy continue ...
Most Countries Are Failing Their Global Education Goals. Here's A Plan To Change That
The Huffington Post - 4/9/2015 3:55:21 AM
Across the board, for example, 52 percent of countries achieved universal primary education. “The world has made tremendous progress ... “improve the quality of learning and reduce the literacy gap so that education becomes meaningful and universal.”
Research: Piracy Increases Literacy and Access to Knowledge
TorrentFreak - 4/6/2015 9:06:42 AM
However, there are also parts of the world where piracy ... not unthinkable that countries where human development is higher have less need to pirate, as there are better alternatives. The reverse effect could also apply to the literacy findings but ...
The ‘most powerful’ classroom innovation — by the $1 million teaching prize winner
Washington Post - 4/16/2015 10:56:32 AM
Atwell’s school has a national reputation for its research-based literacy methods which ... and popular with teachers around the country. In this post, Atwell reclaims the term “innovation” from the tech world and identifies what she calls the ...
UNESCO Report Shows World Slow to Improve Primary Education
Education News - 4/16/2015 7:53:24 PM
“The world’s poorest children are four times more ... Progress has been particularly slow concerning the goal of cutting adult literacy in half by 2015. Only 25% of countries were able to meet the goal, while an additional 32% fell short.
2015 World Book and Copyright Day
Examiner - 4/16/2015 7:00:19 AM
Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment. Books, in all forms, play an essential role here. With 175 million adolescents in the world -– mostly girls and young women -- unable to read a single sentence ...
Literacy program at Rockwall County Library helps students from other countries
Dallas News - 4/2/2015 8:07:02 AM
The program offers free classes, including English as a Second Language, basic literacy ... but to meet other students from around the world. Last year, students in the program hailed from more than 35 countries, Cease said. “It’s a wonderful ...
Canada ranked sixth most socially advanced country
Newstalk 1010 - 4/9/2015 8:34:31 AM
It ranks Canada as the world's sixth most socially advanced country. Canada gets high marks for its very low homicide rate and high rate of adult literacy, among other areas. Two areas where Canada does not excel are ``ecosystem sustainability'' and ...
India reduces 'out of school' children by 90%: UNESCO
Education Oneindia - 4/10/2015 7:50:23 AM
The report, though, called upon the international community to find ... but said the country is yet to achieve significant progress in adult literacy. It said 32 per cent of the countries including India are still "very far" from achieving it.
Protecting Children’s Rights in the Digital World: An Ever-Growing Challenge
socialworkhelper.com - 4/17/2015 1:37:00 AM
More importance should be given to digital literacy in school curricula ... can be located anywhere in the world, usually outside the scope of European cooperation. Therefore, other tools are used in various countries to combat the dissemination of ...
Why Our Kids Don't Have The Money Smarts To Live In The Real World
Forbes - 4/12/2015 3:04:40 PM
The results from Visa’s 2013 International Barometer of Women’s Financial ... When compared to the financial literacy smarts of kids from 28 countries from across the globe, the 2012 Global Financial Literacy Barometer study released by Visa and ...