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, 2019See also: Literacy map
African countries push for higher literacy
aa.com.tr - 10/18/2019 7:35:00 AM
Literacy rates in African countries are estimated at roughly 70%, according to African Union data released Thursday, lagging behind world averages of about 90%. Seeking to spread cultural ...
World Literacy Day: Obaseki harps on promotion of Edo language, digital learning
Vanguard - 9/9/2019 7:19:00 PM
Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to ...
36 countries join in Ocean Literacy for All A toolkit’s testing phase
UNESCO - 2/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
Interviews to marine scientists and educators on their professional experiences on ocean literacy; their views on its future are shared as examples of good practice and success stories all around the world ... A toolkit. 36 countries responded to the ...
Spread the word: Palestine has one of the world's highest literacy rates
Middle East Eye - 9/7/2018 4:36:00 PM
Palestine ranks among countries with the world's highest literacy rates, with only 3.3 percent of Palestinians aged 15 and over in the West Bank and Gaza Strip unable to read, according to a ...
Schools in over 30 countries to trial ocean literacy manual
UNESCO - 6/20/2018 5:57:00 PM
Schools in thirty-six countries* around the world will take part in a pilot project to test the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s (IOC) latest flagship publication, Ocean Literacy for All – A Toolkit, through the UNESCO Associated Schools ...
Countries With the Highest High School Graduate Rates
WorldAtlas - 1/23/2020 6:29:00 AM
For example, in the years after World War II, the recovery and meteoric rise of the country’s economy ... At some point in Armenia’s history, in the early stages of the 1960s, the country had a 100% literacy rate. The culture and the government places a high emphasis on education, which is why primary and secondary school education is ...
International Literacy Association's 2020 What's Hot In Literacy Report Finds Barriers In Education, Support Needed For Educators
PR Newswire - 1/22/2020 8:32:00 PM
NEWARK, Del., Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report released today by the International Literacy Association (ILA) reveals that only 34% of teachers surveyed felt equipped by their teacher preparation programs with the skills needed for effective early reading instruction.
NCB Foundation backs digital literacy initiatives
The Jamaica Observer - 1/24/2020 6:52:00 AM
“When we look at the world and the emerging careers in tech (technology ... some of whom are not in high school — get access to digital literacy skills so that they, too, can, over time, get back on track to becoming gainfully employed and productive citizens of our country,” she explained, adding that they are now at the point of ...
Women constitute over 60% of the science fields in the Arab world, lectures Dr. Dajani
Zawya - 1/21/2020 11:07:00 AM
Abu Dhabi: UNESCO International Literacy Prize winner, and 12th out of 100 most influential Arab women ... "We Love Reading," which she founded to encourage children to read for fun. This Program has spread to 55 countries around the world and won multiple awards. It has been called a social movement. "The reason it has spread is that it ...
Need To Set Up Electoral Literacy Clubs:J-K Guv
RepublicWorld - 1/25/2020 3:41:00 PM
the Lt Governor said the aim of mainstreaming the electoral literacy is to involve young voters in electoral process, besides spreading awareness among them so that they can cast their votes with responsibility and participate in the development of the country. He said voting is the elemental concept for any democratic set up. "It is the most ...