Literacy rate, youth female (% of females ages 15-24) - Country Ranking

Definition: Youth literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15-24 who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2016
1 San Marino 100.00 2018
3 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 100.00 2008
4 Ukraine 99.98 2012
5 Estonia 99.96 2011
6 Italy 99.95 2018
7 Singapore 99.94 2018
8 Azerbaijan 99.91 2017
9 Turkmenistan 99.90 2014
9 Tajikistan 99.90 2014
9 Slovenia 99.90 2014
9 Barbados 99.90 2014
13 Cuba 99.90 2012
14 Armenia 99.87 2017
15 Latvia 99.87 2011
16 Belarus 99.87 2018
17 Lithuania 99.87 2011
18 Macao SAR, China 99.87 2016
19 Kazakhstan 99.85 2010
20 Lebanon 99.84 2018
21 Cyprus 99.84 2011
22 Poland 99.82 2008
23 Moldova 99.82 2014
24 Fiji 99.81 2017
25 Kyrgyz Republic 99.81 2018
26 Brunei 99.79 2018
27 China 99.78 2018
28 Argentina 99.76 2018
29 Russia 99.75 2018
30 Spain 99.74 2018
31 Croatia 99.74 2011
32 Portugal 99.70 2018
33 Indonesia 99.70 2018
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.67 2013
35 Albania 99.63 2018
36 Seychelles 99.60 2018
36 Trinidad and Tobago 99.60 2010
38 Turkey 99.59 2017
39 Malta 99.56 2018
40 Tonga 99.54 2018
41 Costa Rica 99.53 2018
42 Kuwait 99.50 2018
43 Grenada 99.50 2014
44 Jordan 99.49 2018
45 Georgia 99.49 2017
46 Romania 99.44 2018
47 Samoa 99.44 2018
48 Brazil 99.43 2018
49 Bolivia 99.40 2015
50 Ecuador 99.40 2017
51 Botswana 99.40 2014
51 Libya 99.40 2004
53 Mexico 99.39 2018
54 Mauritius 99.35 2018
55 Bahrain 99.30 2018
56 New Caledonia 99.30 2014
57 Saudi Arabia 99.28 2017
58 Philippines 99.27 2015
59 Palau 99.17 2015
60 Uruguay 99.17 2018
61 Sri Lanka 99.15 2017
62 Venezuela 99.09 2016
63 Mongolia 99.08 2018
64 Colombia 99.07 2018
65 Chile 99.01 2017
66 Hungary 99.00 2014
67 Oman 98.98 2018
68 Montenegro 98.97 2018
69 Peru 98.97 2018
70 Greece 98.91 2011
71 Panama 98.87 2018
72 Paraguay 98.87 2018
73 Dominican Republic 98.87 2016
74 Jamaica 98.80 2014
75 Cabo Verde 98.73 2015
76 Equatorial Guinea 98.70 2014
77 Cayman Islands 98.62 2007
78 North Macedonia 98.50 2014
79 Suriname 98.40 2018
80 Vietnam 98.35 2018
81 Thailand 98.29 2015
82 Honduras 98.19 2018
83 Serbia 98.18 2018
84 El Salvador 98.15 2017
85 Israel 98.05 1983
86 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 98.00 1970
87 Iran 97.93 2016
88 Malaysia 97.86 2016
89 São Tomé and Principe 97.85 2018
90 Bulgaria 97.65 2011
91 Morocco 97.40 2018
92 Algeria 97.25 2018
93 Guyana 97.04 2014
94 United Arab Emirates 97.00 2005
95 South Africa 96.88 2017
96 Eswatini 96.70 2018
97 Vanuatu 96.60 2018
98 Qatar 96.11 2017
99 Tunisia 95.80 2014
100 Bangladesh 94.91 2018
101 Lesotho 93.97 2014
102 Nicaragua 93.60 2015
103 Guatemala 93.27 2014
104 Zimbabwe 93.19 2014
105 Bhutan 92.89 2017
106 Eritrea 92.71 2018
107 Cambodia 92.57 2015
108 Puerto Rico 92.39 2017
109 Ghana 92.21 2018
110 Zambia 91.63 2018
111 Gabon 91.45 2018
112 Nepal 90.88 2018
113 Lao PDR 90.50 2015
114 Syrian Arab Republic 90.22 2004
115 India 90.17 2018
116 Uganda 89.95 2018
117 Rwanda 88.50 2018
118 Kenya 88.08 2018
119 Egypt 86.81 2017
120 Burundi 85.62 2017
121 Timor-Leste 84.65 2018
122 Tanzania 84.64 2015
123 Myanmar 84.41 2016
124 Haiti 82.63 2016
125 Cameroon 82.41 2018
126 Madagascar 80.68 2018
127 Dem. Rep. Congo 79.71 2016
128 Congo 78.74 2018
129 Togo 78.37 2015
130 Comoros 78.30 2018
131 Belize 78.02 1991
132 Sudan 73.49 2018
133 Malawi 73.39 2015
134 Ethiopia 71.97 2017
135 Papua New Guinea 71.40 2010
136 Angola 70.59 2014
137 Nigeria 68.26 2018
138 Pakistan 67.54 2017
139 Mozambique 65.49 2017
140 The Gambia 64.45 2015
141 Senegal 63.50 2017
142 Sierra Leone 62.70 2018
143 Yemen 60.60 2004
144 Mauritania 56.76 2017
145 Afghanistan 56.25 2018
146 Burkina Faso 54.67 2018
147 Côte d'Ivoire 53.03 2018
148 Iraq 52.71 2018
149 Benin 51.94 2018
150 Guinea-Bissau 49.76 2014
151 Liberia 45.64 2017
152 Mali 43.40 2018
153 Guinea 37.21 2014
154 Niger 31.64 2012
155 Central African Republic 28.71 2018
156 Chad 22.39 2016
157 Somalia 10.46 1972

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Development Relevance: Literacy rate is an outcome indicator to evaluate educational attainment. This data can predict the quality of future labor force and can be used in ensuring policies for life skills for men and women. It can be also used as a proxy instrument to see the effectiveness of education system; a high literacy rate suggests the capacity of an education system to provide a large population with opportunities to acquire literacy skills. The accumulated achievement of education is fundamental for further intellectual growth and social and economic development, although it doesn't necessarily ensure the quality of education. Literate women implies that they can seek and use information for the betterment of the health, nutrition and education of their household members. Literate women are also empowered to play a meaningful role.

Limitations and Exceptions: In practice, literacy is difficult to measure. Estimating literacy rates requires census or survey measurements under controlled conditions. Many countries report the number of literate people from self-reported data. Some use educational attainment data as a proxy but apply different lengths of school attendance or levels of completion. Ant there is a trend among recent national and international surveys toward using a direct reading test of literacy skills. Because definitions and methods of data collection differ across countries, data should be used cautiously.

Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (http://data.uis.unesco.org/).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Literacy statistics for most countries cover the population ages 15 and older, but some include younger ages or are confined to age ranges that tend to inflate literacy rates. The youth literacy rate for ages 15-24 reflects recent progress in education. It measures the accumulated outcomes of primary education over the previous 10 years or so by indicating the proportion of the population who have passed through the primary education system and acquired basic literacy and numeracy skills. Generally, literacy also encompasses numeracy, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. Data on literacy are compiled by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics based on national censuses and household surveys and, for countries without recent literacy data, using the Global Age-Specific Literacy Projection Model (GALP). For detailed information, see www.uis.unesco.org.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual