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: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Greenland 100.00 2015
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2015
1 Andorra 100.00 2016
4 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 100.00 2008
5 Ukraine 99.98 2012
6 Estonia 99.96 2011
7 Singapore 99.94 2016
8 Azerbaijan 99.92 2016
9 Cuba 99.90 2012
10 Armenia 99.88 2011
11 Latvia 99.87 2011
12 Italy 99.87 2011
13 Lithuania 99.87 2011
14 Macao SAR, China 99.87 2016
15 Kazakhstan 99.85 2010
16 Tajikistan 99.85 2000
17 Belarus 99.85 2009
18 Cyprus 99.84 2011
19 Poland 99.82 1978
20 Turkmenistan 99.81 1995
21 Barbados 99.80 1970
22 Kyrgyz Republic 99.80 2009
23 Slovenia 99.78 1991
24 Russia 99.76 2010
25 Croatia 99.74 2011
26 Georgia 99.73 2014
27 Serbia 99.72 2016
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.67 2013
29 Indonesia 99.65 2016
30 Qatar 99.65 2014
31 Spain 99.61 2016
32 China 99.59 2010
33 Moldova 99.59 2012
34 Brunei 99.55 2011
35 Tonga 99.51 2011
36 Argentina 99.48 2015
37 Portugal 99.48 2011
38 Samoa 99.46 2011
39 Bolivia 99.40 2015
40 Kuwait 99.40 2015
41 Malta 99.39 2011
42 Seychelles 99.38 2010
43 Lebanon 99.34 2009
44 Hungary 99.32 1980
45 Trinidad and Tobago 99.30 1990
46 Costa Rica 99.26 2011
47 Brazil 99.25 2014
48 South Africa 99.23 2015
49 Uruguay 99.23 2015
50 Jordan 99.20 2012
51 Palau 99.17 2015
52 Turkey 99.17 2015
53 Saudi Arabia 99.14 2013
54 Ecuador 99.14 2016
55 Venezuela 99.09 2016
56 Chile 99.09 2013
57 Grenada 99.08 1970
58 Montenegro 99.05 2011
59 Albania 99.02 2012
60 Mexico 99.01 2015
61 Oman 98.98 2016
62 Romania 98.98 2011
63 Colombia 98.92 2015
64 Mongolia 98.91 2010
65 Puerto Rico 98.85 2010
66 Philippines 98.82 2013
67 Greece 98.82 2011
68 Cabo Verde 98.73 2015
69 Peru 98.67 2016
70 Cayman Islands 98.62 2007
71 Paraguay 98.62 2015
72 Sri Lanka 98.59 2010
73 Mauritius 98.58 2011
74 Macedonia 98.49 2002
75 Malaysia 98.46 2010
76 El Salvador 98.43 2015
77 Thailand 98.29 2015
78 Israel 98.05 1983
79 Dominican Republic 98.03 2015
80 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 98.00 1970
81 Iran 97.68 2014
82 Bulgaria 97.65 2011
83 Bahrain 97.58 2010
84 Panama 97.34 2010
85 Suriname 97.26 2012
86 Honduras 97.25 2016
87 Guyana 97.04 2014
88 United Arab Emirates 97.00 2005
89 Vietnam 96.78 2009
90 Equatorial Guinea 96.62 2000
91 São Tomé and Principe 96.35 2012
92 Jamaica 96.30 1999
93 Tunisia 95.80 2014
94 Botswana 95.60 2003
95 Namibia 95.35 2011
96 Swaziland 94.75 2010
97 Lesotho 93.97 2014
98 Bangladesh 93.54 2016
99 Guatemala 93.27 2014
100 Zimbabwe 93.19 2014
101 Algeria 91.74 2008
102 Egypt 90.33 2013
103 Syrian Arab Republic 90.22 2004
104 Gabon 89.43 2012
105 Nicaragua 88.84 2005
106 Morocco 87.78 2012
107 Zambia 86.51 2010
108 Kenya 86.14 2014
109 Cambodia 85.87 2009
110 Tanzania 84.64 2015
111 Bhutan 84.49 2012
112 Myanmar 84.41 2016
113 Rwanda 83.49 2012
114 Ghana 83.23 2010
115 Eritrea 82.58 2008
116 India 81.85 2011
117 Uganda 81.65 2012
118 Libya 80.31 1984
119 Nepal 80.21 2011
120 Dem. Rep. Congo 79.71 2016
121 Timor-Leste 78.57 2010
122 Togo 78.37 2015
123 Belize 78.02 1991
124 Congo 76.95 2011
125 Cameroon 76.42 2010
126 Madagascar 75.30 2012
127 Burundi 74.96 2014
128 Malawi 73.39 2015
129 Angola 70.59 2014
130 Haiti 70.48 2006
131 Comoros 69.60 2012
132 Vanuatu 67.64 1979
133 Lao PDR 67.05 2011
134 Pakistan 65.55 2014
135 Papua New Guinea 64.06 2000
136 Sudan 62.72 2008
137 Nigeria 57.95 2008
138 Mozambique 56.54 2009
139 The Gambia 56.12 2013
140 Senegal 50.97 2013
141 Sierra Leone 50.86 2013
142 Guinea-Bissau 49.76 2014
143 Iraq 48.64 2013
144 Mauritania 47.71 2007
145 Ethiopia 47.04 2007
146 Côte d'Ivoire 47.04 2014
147 Burkina Faso 43.99 2014
148 Benin 40.94 2012
149 Mali 39.21 2015
150 Guinea 37.21 2014
151 Liberia 37.17 2007
152 Yemen 35.38 1994
153 Afghanistan 32.11 2011
154 Central African Republic 26.97 2010
155 Chad 22.39 2016
156 Niger 15.06 2012

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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: Each economy is classified based on the classification of World Bank Group's fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

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