Literacy rate, youth male (% of males 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 Uzbekistan 100.00 2015
1 Andorra 100.00 2016
1 Greenland 100.00 2015
4 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 100.00 2008
5 Azerbaijan 99.96 2016
6 Ukraine 99.96 2012
7 Kazakhstan 99.94 2010
8 Estonia 99.94 2011
9 Singapore 99.91 2016
10 Cuba 99.86 2012
11 Italy 99.85 2011
12 Lithuania 99.85 2011
13 Tajikistan 99.84 2000
14 Armenia 99.82 2011
15 Turkmenistan 99.81 1995
16 Turkey 99.81 2015
17 Cyprus 99.80 2011
18 Latvia 99.80 2011
19 Belarus 99.80 2009
20 Poland 99.78 1978
21 Slovenia 99.74 1991
22 Macao SAR, China 99.73 2016
23 Barbados 99.72 1970
24 Serbia 99.72 2016
25 Croatia 99.71 2011
26 Kyrgyz Republic 99.70 2009
27 China 99.69 2010
28 Indonesia 99.68 2016
29 Georgia 99.68 2014
30 Russia 99.66 2010
31 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.66 2013
32 Spain 99.64 2016
33 Hungary 99.42 1980
34 Bolivia 99.39 2015
35 Portugal 99.39 2011
36 Albania 99.38 2012
37 Tonga 99.37 2011
38 Montenegro 99.36 2011
39 Moldova 99.34 2012
40 Saudi Arabia 99.30 2013
41 Trinidad and Tobago 99.30 1990
42 Brunei 99.20 2011
43 Lebanon 99.16 2009
44 Kuwait 99.15 2015
45 Cayman Islands 99.14 2007
46 Argentina 99.13 2015
47 Peru 99.09 2016
48 Israel 99.05 1983
49 Samoa 99.03 2011
50 Romania 99.01 2011
51 Chile 99.01 2013
52 Costa Rica 99.01 2011
53 Jordan 99.00 2012
54 Macedonia 98.99 2002
55 Ecuador 98.98 2016
56 Mexico 98.87 2015
57 Grenada 98.85 1970
58 Puerto Rico 98.81 2010
59 South Africa 98.68 2015
60 Uruguay 98.64 2015
61 Bahrain 98.62 2010
62 Seychelles 98.59 2010
63 Greece 98.58 2011
64 Oman 98.51 2016
65 Brazil 98.45 2014
66 Venezuela 98.44 2016
67 Malta 98.40 2011
68 Malaysia 98.38 2010
69 Qatar 98.38 2014
70 Palau 98.25 2015
71 Iran 98.19 2014
72 Colombia 98.16 2015
73 Suriname 98.09 2012
74 Bulgaria 98.07 2011
75 Paraguay 98.04 2015
76 Mongolia 98.02 2010
77 Thailand 98.00 2015
78 Panama 97.93 2010
79 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 97.92 1970
80 Libya 97.85 1984
81 Mauritius 97.69 2011
82 Sri Lanka 97.69 2010
83 Equatorial Guinea 97.61 2000
84 Cabo Verde 97.59 2015
85 El Salvador 97.46 2015
86 Philippines 97.43 2013
87 Vietnam 97.40 2009
88 Dominican Republic 97.23 2015
89 São Tomé and Principe 97.12 2012
90 Tunisia 96.61 2014
91 Guyana 96.33 2014
92 Algeria 95.75 2008
93 Guatemala 95.48 2014
94 Honduras 94.95 2016
95 Morocco 94.63 2012
96 Syrian Arab Republic 94.61 2004
97 Egypt 93.65 2013
98 United Arab Emirates 93.63 2005
99 Namibia 93.46 2011
100 Swaziland 92.19 2010
101 Botswana 92.08 2003
102 Eritrea 91.29 2008
103 Zambia 91.20 2010
104 Dem. Rep. Congo 90.96 2016
105 Bangladesh 90.91 2016
106 Bhutan 90.40 2012
107 India 90.04 2011
108 Nepal 89.88 2011
109 Togo 89.67 2015
110 Cambodia 88.36 2009
111 Ghana 88.31 2010
112 Zimbabwe 87.59 2014
113 Gabon 87.39 2012
114 Jamaica 87.31 1999
115 Tanzania 87.01 2015
116 Kenya 86.94 2014
117 Uganda 85.76 2012
118 Congo 85.68 2011
119 Cameroon 85.40 2010
120 Burundi 85.29 2014
121 Nicaragua 85.16 2005
122 Myanmar 85.12 2016
123 Angola 84.86 2014
124 Yemen 82.80 1994
125 Rwanda 81.12 2012
126 Timor-Leste 80.49 2010
127 Mozambique 79.84 2009
128 Pakistan 79.77 2014
129 Lesotho 79.61 2014
130 Madagascar 78.41 2012
131 Lao PDR 77.27 2011
132 Belize 77.26 1991
133 Vanuatu 75.74 1979
134 Nigeria 75.57 2008
135 Haiti 74.37 2006
136 Comoros 73.81 2012
137 Malawi 72.49 2015
138 Guinea-Bissau 71.25 2014
139 Papua New Guinea 69.13 2000
140 Sudan 68.67 2008
141 Mauritania 66.40 2007
142 The Gambia 65.98 2013
143 Sierra Leone 64.53 2013
144 Benin 63.94 2012
145 Liberia 63.45 2007
146 Ethiopia 62.97 2007
147 Afghanistan 61.88 2011
148 Senegal 61.11 2013
149 Mali 60.53 2015
150 Côte d'Ivoire 59.12 2014
151 Iraq 57.01 2013
152 Burkina Faso 56.99 2014
153 Guinea 56.97 2014
154 Central African Republic 48.86 2010
155 Chad 40.69 2016
156 Niger 34.53 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