Africa has been associated with illiteracy and poverty over the years. However, so much has changed to improve the state of the African countries. The literacy rate has improved compared to 30-50 years ago. The UNESCO Institute of Statistics indicates that 27% of the sub-Saharan Africa and 9% of North Africa contribute to the world’s illiteracy rate. Eradicating Illiteracy in Africa The shift is remarkable with over 90% literacy rate among the youth and 70% in adults. Here are top 5 African countries with the highest literacy rate:
It is among the most literate sets of countries in Africa that have managed to attain 95% literacy levels among both adults and children. Seychelles has established free primary education, focusing on improvement of both adult and children’s learning system. Provision of gender equality in classrooms has also enabled the country to lead among other African nations. Although most parents did not have access to education while growing up, now they can give their children an opportunity to learn and grow. The government has also ensured that there are adult education classes which has boosted the literacy level beyond 50%.Literacy Rate in Africa
- South Africa
South Africa has a literacy rate of 95% despite facing challenges such as multilingualism and crime rates. Gender equality in learning has also been embraced creating a good balance among children, men and women. Almost 96% of the youths are learned helping reduce the crime rates in most areas.
Similar to the two mentioned countries, Mauritius has been doing well in promoting literacy. It currently stands at 91% literacy rate. The decline to this position does not compromise on their efforts to provide the best and equal education opportunities. It has been brought about by the rise of other African nations to provide the same opportunities.
The country is currently at 91% literacy rate. It has improved over the years given the introduction and success of the National Literacy Program by the Ministry of Education. Further, there has been an increase of educational expenditures with an allocated federal budget of up to 29% to public education.
It has recorded a great improvement amongst all African nations with a shift from 55.3% in 1977 and is currently at 87%. The learning institutions of Swaziland consist of non-formal and pre-school learning. The gender parity has also improved with both male and female youths attending school.