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Sub-Saharan Africa Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population

DEFINITION: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Seychelles 91.9% 2003
2 Zimbabwe 90.7% 2003
3 South Africa 86.4% 2003
4 Equatorial Guinea 85.7% 2003
5 Mauritius 85.6% 2003
6 Kenya 85.1% 2003
7 Sao Tome and Principe 84.9% 2001
8 Lesotho 84.8% 2003
9 Namibia 84% 2003
10 Swaziland 81.6% 2003
11 Botswana 81.2% 2003
12 Zambia 80.6% 2003
13 Cameroon 79% 2003
14 Tanzania 78.2% 2003
15 Cape Verde 76.6% 2003
16 Ghana 74.8% 2003
17 Rwanda 70.4% 2003
18 Uganda 69.9% 2003
19 Madagascar 68.9% 2003
20 Nigeria 68% 2003
21 Djibouti 67.9% 2003
22 Angola 67.4% 2001
23 Democratic Republic of the Congo 65.5% 2003
24 Gabon 63.2% 1995
25 Malawi 62.7% 2003
26 Sudan 61.1% 2003
27 Togo 60.9% 2003
28 Eritrea 58.6% 2003
29 Liberia 57.5% 2003
30 Comoros 56.5% 2003
31 Burundi 51.6% 2003
32 Central African Republic 51% 2003
33 Cote d'Ivoire 50.9% 2003
34 Mozambique 47.8% 2003
35 Chad 47.5% 2003
36 Mali 46.4% 2003
37 Ethiopia 42.7% 2003
38 Guinea-Bissau 42.4% 2003
39 Mauritania 41.7% 2003
40 Senegal 40.2% 2003
41 The Gambia 40.1% 2003
42 Somalia 37.8% 2001
43 Sierra Leone 35.1% 2004
44 Benin 34.7% 2002
45 Guinea 29.5% 2003
46 Niger 28.7% 2005
47 Burkina Faso 21.8% 2003

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/group-stats/Sub--Saharan-Africa/Education/Literacy/Total-population

Sub-Saharan Africa Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population

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Interesting observations about Education > Literacy > Total population

  • All of the top 4 countries by literacy > total population are Christian.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Cold countries'.
  • All of the top 3 countries by literacy > total population are European.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Tourist destination.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Landlocked.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Catholic.
  • Finland has ranked in the top 2 for literacy > total population since 1980.
  • Bermuda has ranked in the top 3 for literacy > total population since 1970.
  • Barbados has ranked in the top 3 for literacy > total population since 1995.
  • Japan has ranked in the top 4 for literacy > total population since 1995.
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