failed states Compared by Education > Literacy > Female

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.


1 Zimbabwe 87.2% 2003
2 Nigeria 60.6% 2003
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo 55.1% 2003
4 Haiti 51.2% 2003
5 Sudan 50.5% 2003
6 Cote d'Ivoire 43.6% 2003
7 Central African Republic 39.9% 2003
8 Chad 39.3% 2003
9 Pakistan 36% 2005
10 Yemen 30% 2003
11 Guinea-Bissau 27.4% 2003
12 Somalia 25.8% 2001
13 Iraq 24.4% 2003
14 Guinea 18.1% 2003
15 Afghanistan 12.6% 2000


failed states Compared by Education > Literacy > Female


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