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, 2014See also: Literacy map
Global financial literacy rankings: Canada in top three countries worldwide
Yahoo Finance - 10/12/2016 2:14:52 PM
"As Canada's first Financial Literacy Leader, I'm proud to be at the forefront of an international effort to improve the financial well-being of individuals and, even more so, that Canada is among the top five countries in this global financial literacy ...
More than half the world doesn’t understand this basic financial principle
Quartz - 10/14/2016 8:07:25 AM
on financial literacy and financial inclusion by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which interviewed 51,650 adults in 30 developed and developing countries from around the world. And the financial smarts situation does not ...
Which country really has the cleverest students?
The Express Tribune - 10/21/2016 9:25:01 AM
10 most influential countries in the world Testing literacy skills among graduates, the results show a very different map of higher education than university ranking tables, which are dominated by US and UK universities, such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford ...
Multiple accents heard for world literacy event
Gainesville Times - 10/19/2016 4:33:54 AM
World Literacy Day was observed Tuesday for children attending ... Stories were read from five countries — China, Kenya, Australia, Mexico and Afghanistan. The afterschool program is for children whose parents do not speak English as their first language ...
Media and Information Literacy Evolves in Arab World
The Huffington Post - 10/20/2016 3:42:37 AM
The very notion of MIL is nascent in most of the countries surveyed herein and ... Arabic book Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa, published by the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth & Media ...
Britain fourth best country in world to be young person, survey reveals
Daily Mail - 10/20/2016 7:13:11 PM
Britain is the fourth best country in the world to be a young person ... and political spheres as it examined 18 indicators including literacy, mental disorder rates, financial inclusion, and voter engagement. While Britain scored fourth place over ...
Financial Literacy Is Still Abysmal Everywhere
The Wall Street Journal Blogs - 10/12/2016 6:54:02 PM
The OECD has released the results of an international survey of financial literacy, and they are dreadful. Barely more than 40% of the almost 52,000 adult respondents across 30 countries knew whether a $100 savings account compounding at an interest rate ...
Reaching Out To The Young With World Savings Day
Leadership - 10/17/2016 3:24:42 AM
As countries across the globe mark the World Savings Day, the Nigerian financial industry is taking up the mantle of increasing financial literacy and awareness among the teeming populace of the country. Particularly, this year’s celebration is being ...
Young Americans'abysmal global literacy rating a troubling trend
China Daily - 10/17/2016 11:31:27 AM
Only 29 percent correctly picked Indonesia a country with the majority of ... One reason for such low global literacy could be the fact that TV networks in the US include very little international news despite the fact that many global hot-spot issues ...
The 50th World Literacy Day
Business Recorder - 10/11/2016 8:28:17 PM
Pakistan has the world's second highest out-of-school population of children, second only to Nigeria. Regionally speaking, our 60-percent literacy rate is the second-lowest among all SAARC countries, after Afghanistan. Globally, this puts our rank at 139 ...
Britain Is The Fourth Best Country In The World For Young People
Huffington Post UK - 10/21/2016 3:08:37 PM
The wide-ranging survey studied the prospects of young people in employment, education, health, and political spheres as it examined 18 indicators including literacy ... life chances of the 183 countries surveyed. With the world’s youth population ...
World Food Prize awarded to scientists who developed biofortified sweet potato
www.geneticliteracyproject.org - 10/17/2016 3:56:19 PM
... been honoured for his work over 25 years to ensure biofortification was developed into an international plant breeding strategy across more than 40 countries. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is considered to be one of the most harmful forms of malnutrition ...
World Literacy Rates by Country
PBS - 7/18/2011 11:54:15 PM
To view more comprehensive information on the state of education in Colombia, as well as other countries, visit the UNESCO Institute for Statistics page. Want to help improve literacy in Colombia, the United States and around the world? Visit the Take ...
South Africa comes last in global financial literacy poll
businesstech.co.za - 10/12/2016 3:55:05 PM
The OECD/INFE International Survey of Adult Financial Literacy Competencies questioned 50,000 people ... On average, just 56% of adults across participating countries and economies achieved a score of at least five out of seven, considered to be the ...
Abysmal global literacy of US college students
China Daily - 10/21/2016 12:06:41 AM
The global literacy survey, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Geographic Society, found that only one-quarter of the students knew that China is a country with veto ... by the most people in the world as their primary language.