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List of countries by literacy rate

This is a list of countries by literacy rate. The figures represented are almost entirely collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on behalf of UNESCO with 2015 estimates based on people aged 15 or over who can read and write. Where data is taken from a different source, notes are provided. The data is collated by mostly using surveys within the last ten years which are self-declared by the persons in question. UIS provide estimates based on these for the year 2015 with a Global Age-specific Literacy Projections Model. The global literacy rate for all people aged 15 and above is 86 ...

Adult Literacy Index

The Adult literacy index is a statistical measure used to determine how many adults can read and write in a certain area or nation. Adult literacy is one of the factors in measuring the Human Development Index of each nation, along with life expectancy, education, and standard of living. The equation for calculating the Adult Literacy Index is A L R 100 {\displaystyle {\frac {ALR}{100}}} ALR = Adult literacy rate ages 15 and older

African Storybook

The African Storybook is a literacy initiative that provides openly licensed picture storybooks for early reading in the languages of Africa. Developed and hosted by Saide, the ASb has an interactive website that enables users to read, create, download, translate, and adapt stories. The initiative addresses the dire shortage of children’s storybooks in African languages, crucial for children’s literacy development. As of September 2017 there are more than 800 unique stories in 111 languages spoken in Africa, including English, French, and Portuguese, for a total of over 4600 stories.


Aliteracy is the state of being able to read but being uninterested in doing so. This phenomenon has been reported on as a problem occurring separately from illiteracy, which is more common in the developing world, while aliteracy is primarily a problem in the developed world. In 2002, John Ramsey defined aliteracy as a loss of a reading habit usually since reading is slow and frustrating for the reader.

Anti-literacy laws in the United States

Anti-literacy laws were in force in many slave states before and during the American Civil War, affecting slaves, freedmen, and in some cases all people of color. Some laws arose from concerns that literate slaves could forge the documents required to escape to a free state. According to William M. Banks, "Many slaves who learned to write did indeed achieve freedom by this method. The wanted posters for runaways often mentioned whether the escapee could write." Anti-literacy laws also arose from fears of slave insurrection, particularly around the time of abolitionist David Walkers 1829 pu ...