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Literacy Resources

According to UNESCO, literacy is the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.” Measuring rates of literacy across populations is one of the most effective ways of assessing a country’s education standards and how it affects populations and productivity.

The World Bank estimates that 84% of the world population 15 and older is literate and some countries, such as Australia, Cuba and Japan, enjoy rates of nearly 100% literacy. On the other end of the spectrum one in three people in Sub-Saharan Africa cannot read, and Africa has the lowest literacy rates in the world.

In the United States less than one percent of the population is illiterate, making literacy rates some of the highest in the world. However, there are concerns about the strength of language arts in public schools and the increasing population of immigrants who do not know English.

The links below include adult, child and ESL literacy programs, worksheets, guides and other helpful resources for teachers, students and parents concerned about literacy.

Adult Literacy Information and Organizations


Adult Literacy Practical Resources


Child Literacy Information and Organizations


Child Literacy Practical Resources


ESL Literacy Information


ESL Literacy Practical Resources


World Literacy Resources


General Literacy Information and Facts