United Nations report on literacy in Africa



Learning to read and write is a fundamental right.

Yet, 38 % of African adults (some 153 millions) are illiterate; two-thirds of these are women.

Africa is the only continent where more than half of parents are not able to help their children with homework due to illiteracy. Literacy rates are below 50% in Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

The situation is alarming as literacy is a crucial step to acquire the basic skills needed to cope with the many challenges children, youth and adults will face throughout their lives. For many disadvantaged young people and adults, non-formal education is a main route to learning.

Non-formal education reaches people in their own context and ideally in their own local language.

(To read the full report by UNESCO kindly click here).