Africa in Figure

AFRICA  ADULT LITERACY RATE

 

Adult Literacy rate, both sexes (% ages 15 and older) percentage of the population ages 15 and older who can, with understanding, both read and write a short statement on their everyday life.

 

Source: UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2013) Data Centre, Accessed November, 2013.  Data in the table are those available to the Human Development Report Office as of 15 November, 2013, unless otherwise specified.

 

COUNTRY                                        2012

 

Gabon                                       89.0

South Africa                               93.0

Cape Verde                                 84.9

Tunisia                                        79.1

Algeria                                         72.6

Botswana                                   85.1

Egypt                                          73.9

Namibia                                     76.5

Morocco                                     67.1

Ghana                                         71.5

Zambia                                       61.4

Sao Tome & Principe               69.5

Equatorial Guinea                    94.2

Kenya                                        72.2

Swaziland                                  87.8

Angola                                       70.4

Rwanda                                     65.9

Nigeria                                      51.1

Cameroun                                  71.3

Madagascar                               64.5

Zimbabwe                                  83.6

Tanzania                                    67.8

Comoros                                    75.5

Mauritania                                 58.6

Lesotho                                     75.8

Senegal                                     49.7

Uganda                                     73.2

Benin                                        28.7

Togo                                         60.4

Sudan                                       71.9

Seychelles                                 91.8

Libya                                         89.5

Djibouti                                     72.2

Cote d’Ivoire                              56.9

Gambia                                     51.1

Ethiopia                                     39.0

Malawi                                       61.3

Liberia                                       42.9

Mali                                            33.4

Guinea Bissau                            55.3

Mozambique                              50.6

Guinea                                       25.3

Burundi                                     86.9

Eritrea                                       68.9

Sierra Leone                            43.3

Chad                                         35.4

CAR                                          56.6

Congo DRC                               61.2

Niger                                         28.7

South Sudan                              71.9

Somalia                                     19.2

 

NOTE: The literacy figures for Djibouti and Somalia were taken from Operation World, Jason Mandryk 7th Edition 2010.  Literacy figure for South Sudan was the same one for Sudan.

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