Literacy in Africa

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Education is a crucial part of personal, national and global growth. In Africa, like in most continents the only way we can continue to develop and grow is through education. But many families in Africa live below the poverty line and have limited access to quality education.

In South Africa, the government spends more money on education than the US and UK but the education system is rated 126th out of 138 countries according to World Economic Forum. There return on investment for the government on our education is low. According to the report released by the commission of inquiry into the provision of free higher education, South Africa has a significant NEET problem. NEET is an acronym used to describe a certain subset of youths in South Africa. Not in Employment, Education or Training.

Is you think this is bleak, South Africa ranks 3rd in Africa for having the best education system. That says a lot as most organisations can argue that the educational system is in dire straits. Be that as it may, it was still the country with the most educated people in Africa in 2018.

Here are the top 5 best education systems in Africa:

  1. Zimbabwe:
    The country supposedly has 90.7% literacy rate – the highest in Africa. The country is dominated by people who can read and write. English is the official and primary language.
  2. Equatorial Guinea:
    Its literacy rate is 87.0%. Every child is entitled to free primary education and this is one of the reasons why the county's literary is high.
  3. South Africa:
    The literacy rate is sitting on 86.40%.
  4. Kenya:
    In Kenya, 8 years is the specified period for primary education. Education is not mandatory in Kenya. Their literary rate is sitting on 85.10%
  5. Namibia:
    This country boasts a 85.00% literacy. It is mandatory for everyone in Namibia between the ages of 6 and 16 to receive education.

The best universities in Africa are:

  1. University of Cape Town
  2. University of the Witwatersrand
  3. Stellenbosch University
  4. University of Kwazulu-Natal and
  5. Makerere University in Uganda

The most educated Presidents in Africa are:

1.      Tanzania  - John Pombe Magufuli
Has a Bachelor of Science in education (Chemistry and History) from the University of Dar es Salaam. Has a masters and PhD from the same university.

2.      Malawi  - Dr Peter Mutharika
Studied law at the University of London before getting an LL.M degree from Yale University the next year. He then obtained the Doctor of the Science of Law
(JSD ) degree from Yale University.

 3.      Mauritius  - Ameenah Gurib

Has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey in. She holds a PhD degree in organic chemistry from Exeter University.

4.      Ivory Coast  - Alassane Ouattara  

BSc degree from present-day Drexel University (the Drexel Institute of Technology) He earned his master's degree and PhD in economics from the same university.

5.      Mali  - Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

The president of Mali has a Master's degree in History and Master's degree in Political Science.

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