In the world that is driven by the technologies, we are still seeing a higher number of Illiterate in the African countries, Literacy is a key skill and a key measure of a population’s education.
Despite large improvements in the expansion of basic education and the continuous reduction of educational inequalities, there are substantial challenges ahead.
What Is an illiterate?
Functional illiteracy is contrasted with illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. Foreigners who cannot read and write in the native language where they live may also be considered functionally illiterate.
The Most Illiterate Countries In The World
Benin a French-speaking West African nation In Abomey, Dahomey’s former capital, the Historical Museum occupies two royal palaces with bas-reliefs recounting the kingdom’s past and a throne mounted on human skulls.
Population: 10.58 million
Literacy Rate: 42.4 %
Guinea is a country in West Africa, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, in the southeast. The reserve protects a forested mountain range rich in native plants and animals, including chimpanzees and the viviparous toad.
Population: 12.09 million
Literacy Rate: 41.0 %
Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites is Lalibela.
Population: 102.4 million
Literacy Rate: 39.0 %
Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a sovereign state with its territory located in the Horn of Africa.
Population: 14.32 million
Literacy Rate: 37.8 %
Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon, and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.
Population: 14.45 million
Literacy Rate: 35.4 %
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa, a region geologically identified with the West African Craton. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometers
Population: 17.99 million
Literacy Rate: 33.4 %
Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River.
Population: 20.67 million
Literacy Rate: 28.7 %
3. Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometers and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast.
Population: 18.65 million
Literacy Rate: 28.7 %
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia.
Population: 34.66 million
Literacy Rate: 34.66 million
1. South Sudan
South Sudan, officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. The country gained its independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011, making it the newest country with widespread recognition.
Population: 12.23 million
Literacy Rate: 27.0 %
Senior Editor: Anwar Abdi has contributed to this article