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
International Literacy Association Unveils Inaugural 30 Under 30 List
FOX42NEWS - 9/1/2015 1:56:28 PM
creative strategies to close the literacy gap and, in the process, are transforming lives in their communities and around the world." ILA's 30 Under 30 list highlights young trailblazers from 13 countries and several different sectors and includes ...
Indigenous Literacy Foundation brings a love of reading to remote communities
townandcountrymagazine.com.au - 9/1/2015 7:44:15 AM
Barbara is a super smart 11-year-old, one of four girls from the remote primary school of Milikapiti who have travelled with their principal to Sydney to help celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day at ... like you are part of the world." Principal, Suzanne ...
Solve Literacy, Digital Literacy Will Follow
The Huffington Post - 8/28/2015 2:41:11 AM
A country's literacy rate is NOT a good measure of a ... Alphabet's founding close to International Literacy Day was not intended, but it's a symbolic opportunity for those of us who have worked in the literacy space to raise an important issue for ...
30 Under 30: Young Trailblazers Strive to Close the Literacy Gap
Parade - 9/1/2015 2:32:16 PM
But there’s one group of millennials—trailblazers from a variety of backgrounds and 13 different countries—who not only ... the executive director of a data-driven literacy program in Liberia, here are the International Literacy Association’s ...
Somalia Pres :We are working tirelessly to get the country on track
somalicurrent.com - 8/31/2015 9:35:47 PM
“Somalia is one of the 10 least developed countries in the world. We emerged just two-and-a-half years ... UNHCR predicts an influx of around 100,000 refugees from Yemen to northern Somalia. Literacy rates hover around 40 per cent. Unemployment sits ...
ProLiteracy to Launch Adult Literacy Day of Giving
Busbyway - 9/1/2015 9:31:37 AM
Improving basic literacy skills addresses many of the world’s greatest needs at their core ... of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit http ...
Sony Global Education Partners with Edmodo, the World's Leading Global Education Network
Market Watch - 9/1/2015 3:19:23 AM
TOKYO, Sept 01, 2015 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- Sony Global Education, Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, announced today that it will partner with Edmodo, Inc., the world's leading global education network, to enhance math literacy among students ...
10 Countries with the Highest High School Graduation Rates
INSIDER MONKEY - 8/24/2015 6:06:21 AM
The literacy and educational attainment of these 10 countries ... You may even notice that some of the countries in this list are included in The 14 Most Educated Countries in the World. In most countries, education is very important because it gives ...
U.S. needs to increase its scientific literacy
The Edwardsville Intelligencer - 8/24/2015 12:04:16 PM
After the Soviets shocked the world by launching Sputnik in 1957 there was a widespread sentiment in this country that we were behind in the ... of resources were poured into improving scientific literacy. The final result was that we beat the Soviets ...
Two fabulous wine country weekend events on the North Coast
Examiner - 9/1/2015 10:00:15 AM
I am referring to the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Sonoma WCW), obviously in Sonoma County, and Winesong, which takes place in Mendocino County along its world renowned Pacific ... including youth education and literacy programs, Girls and Boys Clubs ...
Report: States Lack Consistent Standards for Literacy Teacher Preparation
The Journal - 8/18/2015 11:52:54 PM
Only 18 states require elementary teacher candidates to complete specific courses in literacy education, according to a report from the International Literacy ... and includes literacy experts from across the country. Based on the their findings, the ...
Africa: Low-Cost Device Can Revolutionize Air Quality Monitoring and Help Countries Prevent Deaths From Outdoor Pollution
AllAfrica - 9/1/2015 4:59:36 AM
"We know from the World Health Organization that 88% of deaths related to outdoor pollution occur in low- and middle-income countries. Yet it is these ... and increase digital and technological literacy through the participation of schools.
World Assembly for Women pays special attention to role of women in Kenyan politics
Standard Group - 8/29/2015 8:30:45 AM
TOKYO, JAPAN: Kenya received special attention at the just concluded World Assembly for Women (WAW ... Affairs from that country Ms Rosy Senanayake reported her country has a 93 per cent literacy level. On political representation, parallels were drawn ...
Morgan and Walliams want literacy to be 'national mission'
The Bookseller - 8/19/2015 10:01:21 AM
“But a recent survey by the National Literacy Trust showed that about one-in-seven eight to 16-year-olds rarely or never reads outside school hours.” They said we live in the “best country in the world for children’s literature”, citing A A ...
The Best Countries In The World For Female Entrepreneurs
Live Trading News - 9/2/2015 1:45:09 AM
the fact that 61% of the countries surveyed still scored less than 50 points out of 100 suggests much more is required by governments to increase female participation in entrepreneurship. This need is even more pressing when considering the International ...