Literacy in Sierra Leone – a long way to go!

Below shows why Sherbro Foundation focuses on first and foremost on literacy and education in Sierra Leone. Without literacy, all further development is stymied.

Sierra Leone has a long to go.   It ranks 47th out of 52 African countries!

But there’s reason to be optimistic, with many African countries today achieving high rates of literacy. We keep focused on improving literacy in everything we do.

Literacy rates among 52 African countries. Literacy is defined as the ability to read and write at the age of 15 years and above.  

 Ranking  Country Literacy Rate
1 Zimbabwe 90.7
2 Equatorial Guinea 87
3 South Africa 86.4
4 Kenya 85.1
5 Namibia 85
6 Sao Tome 84.9
7 Lesotho 84.8
8 Mauritius 84.4
9 Congo, DRC 83.8
10 Libya 82.6
11 Swaziland 81.6
12 Botswana 81.2
13 Zambia 80.6
14 Cape Verde 76.6
15 Tunisia 74.3
16 Egypt 71.4
17 Rwanda 70.4
18 Algeria 69.9
19 Tanzania 69.4
20 Madagascar 68.9
21 Nigeria 68
22 Cameroon 67.9
23 Djibouti 67.9
24 Angola 67.4
25 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 67.2
26 Uganda 66.8
27 Gabon 63.2
28 Malawi 62.7
29 Sudan 61.1
30 Togo 60.9
31 Burundi 59.3
32 Eritrea 58.6
33 Ghana 57.9
34 Liberia 57.5
35 Comoros 56.5
36 Morocco 52.3
37 Mauritania 51.2
38 Cote d’Ivoire 48.7
39 Central African Republic 48.6
40 Mozambique 47.8
41 Mali 46.4
42 Ethiopia 42.7
43 Guinea-Bissau 42.4
44 Gambia, 40.1
45 Senegal 39.3
46 Somalia 37.8
47 Sierra Leone 35.1
48 Benin 34.7
49 Guinea 29.5
50 Niger 28.7
51 Chad 25.7
52 Burkina Faso 21.8

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