Literacy Rate, Adult Total (% of People Ages 15 and Above)


Literacy Rate, Adult Total (% of People Ages 15 and Above)

Data Provider: World Bank, World Development Indicators

Data Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics

Data Name: Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above)

Data Year: The latest data displayed are for 2012 and was accessed from the World Bank on 6 August 2014

Data Periodicity: The data are updated annually

Data Definition: Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Statistical concept and methodology: In practice, literacy is difficult to measure. To estimate literacy using such a definition requires census or survey measurements under controlled conditions. Many countries estimate 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.

Because definitions and methodologies of data collection differ across countries, data should be used cautiously. Note: Because of these varying collection methods, globally comparable data on literacy is limited and thus there are a minimal number of countries represented on the map.

Data Methodology: Read more on the specific methodology for this data here at the World Bank