Zimbabwe Tops Literacy Rate Despite Other Challenges

By IAfrica
In Zimbabwe
Jun 13th, 2014

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.


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