Africa and East Asia and Pacific. but The absolute number of illiterate people has stayed close to million throughout the s, with the majority found in the South Asia and East Asia and Pacific regions. The number of illiterates in South Asia has increased by nearly 40 million, despite a decrease in the rate of illiteracy. Issue. The World Bank and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) announced today a new partnership to help countries strengthen their learning assessment systems, better monitor what students are.
This is a list of countries by literacy rate. The figures represented are almost entirely collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) on behalf of UNESCO with estimates based on people aged 15 or over who can read and write. Where data is taken from a different source, notes are provided. In much of the world, high youth literacy rates suggest that illiteracy will become less and less common as younger generations with higher educational attainment levels replace older ones. However, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where the vast majority of the world's illiterate youth live, lower school enrollment implies that illiteracy will persist to a greater degree.
Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above) from The World Bank: Data. Literacy is a key skill and a key measure of a population’s education. How do literacy rates vary across the world? What are the generational differences in literacy? See global and country-level data on changes in literacy.