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Top 10 Most Illiterate Countries in The World

Top 10 Most Illiterate Countries in The World: Education as a way of facilitating learning under the guidance of learned educators is the key thing to each and everyone in today’s life. Countries that are ahead education wise are also ahead politically and economically. There are countries that suffers poor education in the world due to factors affecting the country at large such as war, famine, etc Below is a list of top 10 most illiterate countries worldwide 2017.

List of Top 10 Most Illiterate Countries in The World in 2017


1. Gambia



It is located in West Africa being the smallest country in the mainland Africa with a population of approximately 1.8 million. The rate of the people who cannot read or write is at 63.5 percent. The factors that affect education in this country are lack of resources and infrastructure. Another factor that affects education in Gambia is high fees charged for high school education thus reducing the rate of literacy. The government of Gambia is making efforts to improve education by making it compulsory and free to everybody.

2. Mali



Mali a country in West Africa has a population of 14.5 million. In this country, the general percentage of the literates is 67.7 percent. 43.1 percent representing men and only 24.6 represents women. Men are more literate than men are. Schools in the urban areas of this region are better than schools in the rural areas. This is because educated teachers mostly teach in the urban areas while those teachers who are not qualified teach in the rural schools. This definitely brings down the quality of education offered in the urban schools compared to rural schools.

3. Sierra Leone



Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa with a population of approximately 7 million. Its illiteracy rate is as high as that of Afghanistan being at 63.7 percent. This was affected by the civil war that led to massive destruction of schools. Other factors affecting education in this country is the shortage of teachers and resources in schools. The country is making efforts of improving their education by developing new schools to replace the older one and making the primary education to be compulsory and free.

4. Afghanistan



Afghanistan is located within South Asia and Central Asia with a population of 32 million. It is the 42nd country with the most population in the world. 75 % of the people there live in rural areas where education opportunities are rare making the illiteracy rate of the country be at 63.7 percent. This country’s poor education is affected by violence, lack of enough teachers and children being subjected to work.

5. Somalia



Somalia is a country located in the horn of Africa and has an estimated population of 12.3 million. Only 37.8 percent of this population can read and write. It is said that only 710,860 attend school in the country. The country suffers crisis such as war and famine since the year 1991, which is believed to be the cause of illiteracy in the country. The issue of poor education system is also another key factor affecting education in Somalia.

6. Burkina Faso



Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa with an estimated population of 17.3 Million. Seventy seven percent of this population cannot read or write most of them being adults. This has caused a problem of schoolteachers becoming a challenge, as only counted adults are educated in the country generally. On the contrary, children who need to be educated are so many having the classes overcrowded with over 120 pupils each. This makes it hard to offer quality education as students are so many and teachers are scarce. The school registration rate is 39.1 percent only.

7. Chad



The Republic of Chad is located in Northern Central Africa. The dominant religion of this country is Islam that takes about 55 percent of the population followed by Christianity that takes 40 percent of the population. Only 34.5 percent of its population can read and write making education not to be so important to the people of Chad. The government of Chad spends only up to 2 percent of its income on education making it the country with the least percentage of the people who are able to read or write worldwide.

8. Ethiopia



This country is officially known as the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia with almost 100 million inhabitants making it the most populous country in the world. It is located in the Horn of Africa. The literacy rate here is just 39 percent of the population of Ethiopia. Education accessibility is a challenge for the people of Ethiopia. Although there are private schools, they are so high at cost and class for the people there to afford.

9. Guinea



Guinea is a country in the west coast of Africa with a population of 10.5 million. It is a country that is poor with a literacy rate of 41 percent of the whole population meaning only 41 percent of the whole population there can read or write. In this country, only 52 percent of the adults are literate. The country’s education system is poor leading to many children ending up uneducated. Most parents cannot afford to buy children books or even uniform to go to school due to the poor living conditions of the people of Guinea.

10. Benin



Benin is a French speaking West African region with a population of approximately 10.88 million. There country has only 42 percent literates. The education system there is poor and is mostly affected by the political instability of the country. Education fees being very high in the country of Benin has also led to poor education system. Classes have so many children that it becomes challenging the teacher to offer his/her concentration on the struggling pupils. For that reason,n the quality of education offered in Benin becomes affected.

These above are the Top 10 Most Illiterate Countries in The World 2017. These countries deny children one of their rights and therefore they suffer injustice. Although most of them are putting in place measures to improve their educational standards, which will increase the literacy levels as time goes by improving their living standards as well. Hope you enjoyed the article and if you have any query then please leave a valuable comment. until then, bye.

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