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: 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 Bahrain 99.98 2018
5 Azerbaijan 99.96 2017
6 Ukraine 99.96 2012
7 Kazakhstan 99.94 2010
8 Estonia 99.94 2011
9 Italy 99.92 2018
9 Barbados 99.92 2014
11 Singapore 99.92 2018
12 Turkey 99.91 2017
13 Tajikistan 99.86 2014
14 Cuba 99.86 2012
15 Libya 99.85 2004
16 Lithuania 99.85 2011
17 Belarus 99.83 2018
18 Armenia 99.82 2017
19 Moldova 99.81 2014
20 Cyprus 99.80 2011
21 Latvia 99.80 2011
22 Slovenia 99.79 2014
23 China 99.78 2018
24 Poland 99.78 2008
25 Turkmenistan 99.77 2014
26 Georgia 99.77 2017
27 Macao SAR, China 99.73 2016
28 Indonesia 99.72 2018
29 Croatia 99.71 2011
30 Kyrgyz Republic 99.69 2018
31 Spain 99.69 2018
32 Fiji 99.68 2017
33 Lebanon 99.66 2018
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.66 2013
35 Russia 99.65 2018
36 Brunei 99.64 2018
37 Portugal 99.63 2018
38 Trinidad and Tobago 99.55 2010
39 Romania 99.42 2018
40 Bolivia 99.39 2015
41 Tonga 99.35 2018
42 Costa Rica 99.34 2018
43 Saudi Arabia 99.32 2017
44 Panama 99.31 2018
45 Mexico 99.25 2018
46 Argentina 99.24 2018
47 Montenegro 99.23 2018
48 Jordan 99.20 2018
49 New Caledonia 99.18 2014
50 Cayman Islands 99.14 2007
51 Ecuador 99.11 2017
52 Peru 99.08 2018
53 Malta 99.06 2018
54 Israel 99.05 1983
55 Albania 99.05 2018
56 Chile 99.01 2017
57 Brazil 98.98 2018
58 Grenada 98.95 2014
59 Philippines 98.90 2015
60 Suriname 98.88 2018
61 Samoa 98.84 2018
62 Dominican Republic 98.81 2016
63 Kuwait 98.78 2018
64 North Macedonia 98.76 2014
65 Mauritius 98.74 2018
66 Greece 98.73 2011
67 Hungary 98.69 2014
68 Colombia 98.63 2018
69 Uruguay 98.60 2018
70 Seychelles 98.56 2018
71 Sri Lanka 98.55 2017
72 Vietnam 98.46 2018
73 Venezuela 98.44 2016
74 Serbia 98.41 2018
75 Oman 98.36 2018
76 Iran 98.27 2016
77 Palau 98.25 2015
78 Mongolia 98.19 2018
79 Bulgaria 98.07 2011
80 Morocco 98.04 2018
81 Thailand 98.00 2015
82 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 97.92 1970
83 El Salvador 97.80 2017
84 Paraguay 97.73 2018
85 Equatorial Guinea 97.72 2014
86 São Tomé and Principe 97.71 2018
87 Algeria 97.59 2018
88 Cabo Verde 97.59 2015
89 Malaysia 97.39 2016
90 Tunisia 96.61 2014
91 Guyana 96.33 2014
92 Vanuatu 95.98 2018
93 Botswana 95.94 2014
94 Guatemala 95.48 2014
95 Honduras 94.89 2018
96 Syrian Arab Republic 94.61 2004
97 Lao PDR 94.40 2015
98 Eswatini 94.30 2018
99 Qatar 94.07 2017
100 Nepal 94.03 2018
101 Jamaica 93.86 2014
102 Eritrea 93.82 2018
103 South Africa 93.76 2017
104 United Arab Emirates 93.63 2005
105 Bhutan 93.27 2017
106 India 92.99 2018
107 Yemen 92.85 2004
108 Ghana 92.76 2018
109 Zambia 92.56 2018
110 Puerto Rico 92.39 2017
111 Cambodia 91.86 2015
112 Bangladesh 91.80 2018
113 Burundi 91.03 2017
114 Dem. Rep. Congo 90.96 2016
115 Togo 89.67 2015
116 Nicaragua 89.64 2015
117 Egypt 89.48 2017
118 Uganda 88.83 2018
119 Gabon 88.14 2018
120 Cameroon 87.72 2018
121 Zimbabwe 87.59 2014
122 Kenya 87.59 2018
123 Tanzania 87.01 2015
124 Congo 85.34 2018
125 Myanmar 85.12 2016
126 Angola 84.86 2014
127 Rwanda 84.33 2018
128 Haiti 83.35 2016
129 Timor-Leste 82.46 2018
130 Madagascar 81.72 2018
131 Nigeria 81.58 2018
132 Pakistan 81.26 2017
133 Lesotho 79.61 2014
134 Comoros 78.24 2018
135 Belize 77.26 1991
136 Mozambique 77.26 2017
137 Senegal 75.58 2017
138 Afghanistan 74.08 2018
139 Ethiopia 73.52 2017
140 Sudan 72.51 2018
141 Malawi 72.49 2015
142 Guinea-Bissau 71.25 2014
143 Mauritania 70.94 2017
144 The Gambia 70.74 2015
145 Sierra Leone 70.58 2018
146 Benin 69.76 2018
147 Liberia 64.96 2017
148 Papua New Guinea 64.57 2010
149 Côte d'Ivoire 63.84 2018
150 Burkina Faso 61.79 2018
151 Iraq 59.80 2018
152 Mali 57.83 2018
153 Guinea 56.97 2014
154 Niger 48.56 2012
155 Central African Republic 47.80 2018
156 Chad 40.69 2016
157 Somalia 15.88 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