Adult literacy rates in African and Eastern Mediterranean countries

November 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/20/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 11, p1347
Academic Journal
The article reports on the literacy rates of adult people in African and Eastern Mediterranean countries. Based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) data, 43% of African countries and 25% of Eastern Mediterranean countries had an adult literacy rate of less than 60%. It is not necessary that countries with low gross national income per capita did not necessarily rank low in adult literacy such as Madagascar, United Republic of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa and Jordan in Eastern Mediterranean region. Of the 10 countries with the lowest rates, 9 is either in Africa and Eastern Mediterranean region while the number 1 spot belongs to Bangladesh with an adult literacy rate of 42.6%.


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