WORLD

                                                                                   (in million)
 

Total

Male

Female

Adult Literacy Rate**(15+) (%)

82

87

77

Adult Illiterates**(15+) in million

780.66

281.04

499.62

Youth literacy rate (15-24) (%)

          87

90

84

Young illiterates (in million)

138.97

52.81

86.16

Out of School population (in million)

76.84

33.25

43.59

 

Source:Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007  

LITERACY STATUS IN SOME ASIAN COUNTRIES

South Asian Countries

Country

Total Non-Literate 
Population 15+age 
(in million)

Literacy Rate 15+ (%)(2000)

Total Male Female
Maldives -- 96 96 96
Sri Lanka -- 91 92 89
India* 268.42 61 73 48
Bhutan -- -- -- --
Pakistan 48.81 50 63 36
Nepal 7.66 49 63 35
Bangladesh 52.53 43 52 33


Other Asian Countries

Country Total Non-literate 
Population 15+ age 
(in millions)

Literacy Rate 15+ (%)
(2000)

Total Male Female
Thailand

3.35

93 95 91
Philippines

3.50

93 93 93
Vietnam

4.90

90 94 87
Malaysia

1.72

89 92 85
Indonesia

15.10

90 94 87
China

87.01

91 95 87
Myanmar

3.20

90 94 86
Iran

10.50

77 84 70
Laos

1.01

69 77 61
Afghanistan

9.04

28 43 13

Source: Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007  

 

LITERACY STATUS IN NINE MOST POPULOUS COUNTRIES

Country

Total Non-literate 
Population 15+ age

  Literacy Rate 15+ (%)

Total Male Female
Mexico 6.52 91 92 90
Indonesia 15.10 90 94 87
Brazil 17.36 89 88 89
China 87.01 91 95 87
Nigeria -- -- -- --
India* 268.42 61 73 48
Egypt 14.21 71 83 59
Pakistan 48.81 50 63 36
Bangladesh 52.53 43 52 33

  Source:Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007  

LITERACY STATUS IN AFRICA AND SUB-SAHARAN COUNTRIES  

Country

Total Non-literate 
Population 15+ age

  Literacy Rate 15+ (%)

Total Male Female
Mexico 6.52 91 92 90
Indonesia 15.10 90 94 87
Brazil 17.36 89 88 89
China 87.01 91 95 87
Nigeria -- -- -- --
India* 268.42 61 73 48
Egypt 14.21 71 83 59
Pakistan 48.81 50 63 36
Bangladesh 52.53 43 52 33

Source:Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007

 

 

Literacy Scenario as per 2001 Census

Literacy in India has made remarkable strides since Independence. This has been further confirmed by the results of the Census 2001. The literacy rate   has increased from 18.33% in 1951 to 64.84% in 2001. This is despite the fact that during the major part of the last five decades there has been exponential growth of the population at nearly 2% per annum. The state-wise literacy rates are given below:

 

Literact Scenario in India(1951-1991)  Highlights of the 1991 Cencus, Literacy State / Union Territory Wise.  Literacy and Women  Literacy and SC/ST  Literacy rate for the Total population, SC/ST by sex