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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Literacy Rates by Country

Literacy rate among African adults aged 15 years and older including statistics and definitions of literacy rates by countries in Africa.


Putting literacy rates in Africa in perspective


Learning to read and write should be fundamental yet, more than 75% of the world's 781 million illiterate adults are found in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa; of all the illiterate adults in the world, almost 66% are women.

Reading inspires children to be successful in school and life. Nevertheless, keep in mind there are no universal definitions and standards of literacy therefore literacy rates in Africa are subjective. Also Africa is the second most populous continent with about 1.1 billion people or 16% of the world’s population. Mexico, China, Eastern and Western Europe, India, the USA and Japan can all fit into Africa's total land area very comfortably.

Africa, the cradle of language


People who read are better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective.Most importantly, over 25% all languages are spoken only in Africa with over 2,000 languages spoken on the continent. With such diversity in language, a person is counted as literate by the World Bank as the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, ‘literacy’ also encompasses ‘numeracy’, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. 

African Country Literacy rates (2015)

1.   Algeria: 80.2%
2.   Angola: 71.1%
3.   Benin: 38.4%
4.   Botswana: 88.5%
5.   Burkina Faso: 36%
6.   Burundi: 85.6%
7.   Cabo Verde (Cape Verde): 87.6%
8.   Cameroon: 75%
9.   Central African Republic: 36.8%
10.       Chad: 40.2%
11.       Comoros: 77.8%
12.       Democratic Republic of the Congo: 63.8%
13.       Republic of the Congo: 79.3%
14.       Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast): 43.1%
15.       Egypt: 73.8%
16.       Equatorial Guinea: 95.3%
Reading is essential for a child’s success.17.       Eritrea: 73.8%
18.       Ethiopia: 49.1%
19.       Gabon: 83.2%
20.       The Gambia: 55.5%
21.       Ghana: 76.6%
22.       Guinea Bissau: 59.9%
23.       Guinea: 30.4%
24.       Kenya: 78%
25.       Lesotho: 79.4%
26.       Liberia: 47.6% (male: 62.4% and female: 32.8%)
27.       Libya: 91%
28.       Madagascar: 64.7%
29.       Malawi: 65.8%
30.       Mali: 38.7%
31.       Mauritania: 52.1%
32.       Mauritius: 90.6%
33.       Morocco: 68.5%
34.       Mozambique: 58.8% (male: 73.3% and female: 45.4%)
35.       Namibia: 81.9%
36.       Nigeria: 59.6%
37.       Niger: 19.1%
38.       Rwanda: 70.5%
39.       Sao Tome and Principe: 74.9%
40.       Senegal: 57.7%
41.       Seychelles: 91.8% (2012)
42.       Sierra Leone: 48.1%
43.       South Africa: 94.3%
44.       South Sudan: 27% (male: 40% and female: 16% -2009 est.)
45.       Sudan: 75.9%
46.       Swaziland: 87.5%
47.       Tanzania: 70.6%
48.       Togo: 66.5%
49.       Tunisia: 81.8%
50.       Uganda: 78.4%
51.       Zambia: 63.4%
52.       Zimbabwe English: 86.5%

Note: no data available on two African countries from the World Bank


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