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Title
Title:
Illiterate People - Ages 15 and Over
SubTitle:
Subregional level
Filename:  
sreg_illiteracy_people
 
 
 
General Description
Abstract:
Adult female and male literacy rates refer to the percentage of people over the age of 15 who can read and write. UNESCO recommends defining as illiterate a person who cannot both read and write a short, simple statement about their everyday life. This concept is widely accepted, but its interpretation and application vary. It does not include people who, though familiar with the basics of reading and writing, do not have the skills to function at a reasonable level in their own society. Actual definitions of adult literacy are not strictly comparable among countries. The data come mostly from population censuses and household, fertility and labor surveys.
Purpose:
Illiteracy rates indicate the extent of need for policies and efforts in organizing adult literacy programmes and quality primary education.
Units:
Thousand People
GEO Theme:
Socio-Economy
GEO Data Category:   
Education
Type:
Other Documents
Subtype:
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Language:
English
Status:
Complete
Maintenance:
Unknown
 
 
 
Keywords
GEMET Theme:
Social aspects, population
Free Keywords:
Education, school, number of illiterate people over 15, total, subregional level
 
 
 
Online Reference
URL:
No reference for download
File Format:
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Spatial Reference
Coverage:
World
Coordinates:
 
North
90
 
West -180
 
180 East
 
-90
South
 
Region:
World
Subregion:
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Resolution:
Subregion
 
 
 
Temporal Reference
Covered Time:
1970-1999
 
 
 
Responsability
Person:
Jaap Van Woerden
Organization:
UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva
Address:
11, chemin des Anemones
 
 
Postal Code:
1219
City:
Chatelaine
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Phone:
+41 22 917 82 94
Fax:
+41 22 917 80 29
Email:
geo@grid.unep.ch
 
 
Publisher:
UNEP/GRID
Publ. Place:
Geneva
 
 
Publ. Year:
2002
Data Source:
WDI
Data Provider:
WB
Copyright:
UNEP/GRID
User Constr.:
Public
 
 
 
Metadata Information
Person:
Gregory Giuliani
Organization:
UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva
Address:
11, Chemin des Anemones
 
 
Postal Code:
1219
City:
Chatelaine
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Phone:
+41 22 917 82 94
Fax:
+41 22 917 80 29
Email:
geo@grid.unep.ch
 
 
Date:
20020116
 
 
 
 
 
GIS Data Info
Projection:
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Min. Scale:
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Max. Scale
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Data Resol.:
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Data Format:
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Statistics Data Info
Aggregation method
Mehtod:
Sum
Weight factor:
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Comments:
The data is only aggregated if at least 75 % of the observations are available (i.e. % of population or % of area or % of countries) on an annual basis. The value "-9999" corresponds to "No Data".
 
Interpolations/Extrapolations
Interpolations:
None
Extrapolations:
None
Method:
Other
Comments:
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Calculated pre 1991-1992 relative country share
Former USSR:
None
Former Yugoslavia SFR:
None
Former Czechoslovakia:
None
Former Ethiopia:
None
Comments:
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General comments
Country notes:
Data for China do not include data for Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan.
Definitions:
Adult illiteracy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who cannot, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life
Comments:
UNESCO estimates illiteracy to be less than 5 percent for the following countries : Australia (AUS),Austria (AUT),Belgium (BEL),Canada (CAN),Denmark (DNK,)Finland (FIN),France (FRA), Germany (DEU),Ireland (IRL),Iceland (ISL),Japan (JPN),Luxembourg (LUX),Netherlands (NLD),Norway (NOR),New Zealand (NZL),Sweden (SWE), Switzerland (CH),United Kingdom (GBR),United States (USA). Data source The data are based on UNESCO's 1999 literacy estimates and projections. Copyright c 2002 (Aggregations) United Nations Environment Programme/DEWA/GRID-Geneva. Data aggregation made by Andrea DeBono and Ola Nordbeck (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva).