Literacy rates are improving globally, but in terms of raw numbers there are more illiterates than 20 years ago. In sub-Saharan Africa, youth literacy rates (ages 15-24) have increased over the past 20 years, which suggests that adult literacy rates will increase as they grow up. Literacy rates are hence below 50% in Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger and Senegal. The situation is alarming as literacy is a crucial step to acquire the basic skills needed to cope with the many challenges children, youth and adults will face throughout their lives.
In 2015, adult literacy rate for South Africa was 94.4 %. Adult literacy rate of South Africa increased from 88.7 % in 2007 to 94.4 % in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of 1.05 %. Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. This is a list of countries by literacy rate.The figures represented are almost entirely collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) on behalf of UNESCO with 2015 estimates based on people aged 15 or over who can read and write. Where data is taken from a different source, notes are provided. The data is collated by mostly using surveys within the last ten years which are self.
RIPPLE Africa supports adult literacy in Malawi through the running of two adult literacy classes, one each in the villages of Mwaya and Mazembe. RIPPLE Africa’s adult literacy project support includes: Paying the monthly salaries of a teacher and an assistant teacher at each adult literacy class. As of 2015, South Africa's total literacy rate was around 94.37 percent, which means almost 95 percent of all South Africans could read and write.
May 22, 2015 · Does Zimbabwe have the highest adult literacy rate in Africa? The country’s Financial Gazette recently reported as much, claiming that “Zimbabwe leads Africa in having an adult literacy rate of over 90%”.. In 2013, a blog which aims to “encourage excellence across this amazing continent”, The African Economist, released a list which also placed Zimbabwe at the top. zoom_out_map Literacy rates among youth (aged 15 to 24) and adults are the test of an educational system, and the overall trend is positive, thanks to the expansion of educational opportunities. Globally, the youth literacy rate increased from 83 per cent to 91 per cent over two decades, while the number of illiterate youth declined from 170 million to 115 million.
Adult literacy can change everything. Health. Gender equality. Poverty. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives. Literacy Leaders then participated in the Pan-African Conference and presented on their activities and projects. Remaining funds from this grant were used to conduct local literacy projects through a small grants program to ILA members and affiliates in Africa who participated in the Pan-African activities.