Literacy is a critical piece of individual progress, social development, and economic health. Having the ability to read and write provides more educational and employment opportunities to the population, allowing people to increase their household incomes and bring their family out of low-income conditions. This skill has also been tied to improved public health conditions and increased political participation. This article takes a closer look at the top 5 most literate countries in Africa.
This is a little island with one of the smallest populations in the world. Despite its tiny size, it houses around 95,000 people, making it simpler for education to be appropriately distributed throughout the country. Seychelles is the first African country to have achieved the UNESCO “education for all” target established by a UN subsidiary. Seychelles presently ranks first among African countries with the best educational systems.
In Seychelles kids up to the age of 16 get free and obligatory education, which continues until they reach the age of 18. Seychelles has a literacy rate of 96%
2. Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea is the most educated country in Africa. With a population of 1,402,983, Equatorial Guinea has a literacy rate of 95.30%.
Education in Equatorial Guinea is free and compulsory until the age of 14. Primary education is for five years followed by four years of secondary in the first stage and three subsequent years of secondary education in the second stage.
3. South Africa
South Africa has a three-tier system of education starting with primary school, followed by high school and tertiary education in the form of (academic) universities and universities of technology.
South Africa is one of the list of most educated African countries as it’s got the best academic institutions in the continent. With a literacy rate of 86.40%, it’s glaring that South Africans are highly educated.
Kenya employs the 8 year system of primary education. Although education is not a mandatory thing for Kenyans, the government of Kenya makes provisions for the people to achieve the 8-year period of primary education.
Despite the experience of political crisis and great reforms, Kenya has managed to keep an impressive education system and this gives the country the high literacy rate of 85.10%.
Mauritius is the fifth-most educated country in Africa. With a population of 1,271,768, Mauritius has a literacy rate of 84.60%.
Primary education was made compulsory and offered for free. Education at the secondary level was not compulsory but offered free. Higher education was provided through the University of Mauritius.
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