12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With The Highest Adult Literacy Rates

Written by Keren Mikva

Literacy has become one of the leading factors in evaluating the development of a country. It gives potential investors an idea of how well a country’s citizens will be able to contribute on the global stage. The following data, gathered by the humanitarian nonprofit, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), shows the sub-Saharan African countries with the highest literacy rates for adults.

The data reflects average reported literacy rates from 2008 to 2012 in sub-Saharan Africa. The following countries were not included in the data set due to lack of reliable information: Congo, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan.

Sources: UNICEF.org, UNESCO.org, CIA.gov, IRINNews.org, AllAfrica.com, Data.WorldBank.org, Education.StateUniversity.com, UN.org, Britannica.com, Citizen.co.za, News.Yahoo.com, EquatorialGuineaInfo.Blogspot.com

This is an updated version of an AFKInsider article originally published Dec 29, 2014.