Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above) from The World Bank: Data. Data. This page in: Literacy rate, adult female (% of females ages 15 and above) Literacy rate, adult male (% of males ages 15 and above) Literacy rate, youth (ages 15-24), gender parity index (GPI).
236 rows · World map of countries shaded according to the literacy rate for all people aged 15 and .
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.
Literacy rate – Total number of literate persons in a given age group, expressed as a percentage of the total population in that age group. The adult literacy rate measures literacy among persons aged 15 years and older, and the youth literacy rate measures literacy among persons aged 15 to 24 years.
Literacy data published by UNESCO displays that since 1950, the adult literacy rate at the world level has increased by 5 percentage points every decade on average, from 55.7 per cent in 1950 to 86.2 per cent in 2015. However, for four decades, the population growth was so rapid that the number of illiterate adults kept increasing, rising from 700 million in 1950 to 878 million in 1990.