This is the number of searches you have performed with ecosia. This is the number of searches you have performed with ecosia. Literacy rate, adult total ( of people ages 15 and above) from the world bank data. World map of countries shaded according to the literacy rate for all people aged 15 and over 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 2015 estimates based on people aged 15 or over who can read and write. It was only in the 19th and 20th centuries that rates of literacy approached universality in early-industrialized countries. The following visualization presents estimates of world literacy for the period 1800-2016. As we can see, literacy rates grew constantly but rather slowly until the beginning of the twentieth century. Literacy rates among youth (aged 15 to 24) and adults are the test of an educational system, and the overall trend is positive, thanks to the expansion of educational opportunities. Globally, the youth literacy rate increased from 83 per cent to 91 per cent over two decades, while the number of illiterate youth declined from 170 million to 115 million. Literacy rates - world statistics and charts as map, diagram and table. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Most presented rates are based on the ability to read and write at a specified age. Unesco has been at the forefront of global literacy efforts since 1946, advancing the vision of a literate world for all. It views acquiring and improving literacy skills throughout life as an intrinsic part of the right to education. Adult literacy rate search glossaries source the state of the worlds children united nations childrens fund download explore select columns select sort order select pivot column link to this page. 3 youthadult educational attainment rates by age group, economic activity status, levels of education and programme orientation 4. One of the lowest literacy rates in the world is found in niger, where just over 19 of adults can read and write. More than one-quarter of the males in this nation are literate, while just 11 of females are literate. South sudan is another nation with a very low literacy rate of just 26. Literacy rate increased from 56 in 1950 to 70 in 1980, 75 in 1990 and 82 in 2000-2004. Worldwide, the adult literacy rate increased at a faster pace in the 1970s than in subsequent decades. Literacy rates increased by more than 2000 in the regions of sub-saharan africa, south and west asia, and the arab states.