Zimbabwe Tops Literacy Rate Despite Other Challenges
Zimbabwe is leading the literacy rate in Africa, coming in at 91% in the latest survey. This, despite a decade long economic crisis that has impacted negatively on the quality of education.
The rankings, published by the African Economist Magazine show Equatorial Guinea in second place at 87% and South Africa in third position at 86%.
President Robert Mugabe is credited for Zimbabwe’s high literacy rate after he declared education a basic human right following independence in 1980.
According to the survey, low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.