African Countries Ranked By Literacy Rate, Zimbabwe Nabs Top Spot The all-new definite ranking of African countries by literacy rate is quite a revelation.

African Countries Ranked By Literacy Rate, Zimbabwe Nabs Top Spot

Published on Mon, Jul 08 2013 by Web Master
 
With Zimbabwe at the top (literacy rate of 90.70%) and Burkina Faso rooted to the bottom (literacy rate of 21.80%) of the list, the latest ranking of African countries based on literacy rate underscores the urgent need to prioritize education on the continent. The rates below are based on the ability to read and right (from age 15).
 
Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. It is impossible to overstate the importance of education especially in Africa. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.
 
1. Zimbabwe90.70
 
2. Equatorial Guinea87.00
 
3. South Africa86.40
 
4. Kenya85.10
 
5. Namibia85.00
 
6. Sao Tome and Principe84.90
 
7. Lesotho84.80
 
8. Mauritius84.40
 
9. Republic of the Congo 83.80
 
10. Libya82.60
 
11. Swaziland81.60
 
12. Botswana81.20
 
13. Zambia80.60
 
14. Cape Verde76.60
 
15. Tunisia74.30
 
16. Egypt71.40
 
17. Rwanda70.40
 
18. Algeria69.90
 
19. Tanzania69.40
 
20. Madagascar68.90
 
21. Nigeria68.00
 
22. Cameroon67.90
 
23. Djibouti67.90
 
24. Angola67.40
 
25. Democratic Republic of the Congo 67.20
 
26. Uganda66.80
 
27. Gabon63.20
 
28. Malawi62.70
 
29. Sudan61.10
 
30. Togo60.90
 
31. Burundi59.30
 
32. Eritrea58.60
 
33. Ghana57.90
 
34. Liberia57.50
 
35. Comoros56.50
 
36. Morocco52.30
 
37. Mauritania51.20
 
38. Cote d’Ivoire48.70
 
39. Central African Republic48.60
 
40. Mozambique47.80
 
41. Mali46.40
 
42. Ethiopia42.70
 
43. Guinea-Bissau42.40
 
44. Gambia 40.10
 
45. Senegal39.30
 
46. Somalia37.80
 
47. Sierra Leone35.10
 
48. Benin34.70
 
49. Guinea29.50
 
50. Niger28.70
 
51. Chad25.70
 
52. Burkina Faso21.80
 
 
 
 

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