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Zimbabwe, The Most Educated Country In Africa

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Zimbabwe, The Most Educated Country In Africa
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AFRICANGLOBE – Despite suffering huge reverses in the education sector due to a decade long economic crisis, Zimbabwe still tops Africa’s literacy rankings, a respected continental publication has revealed.

According to the latest edition of The African Economist, Zimbabwe leads the continent with a literacy rate of 90.7 percent followed by Equatorial Guinea at 87 percent and South Africa with 86 percent.

The magazine defined literacy as the ability to read and write at the age of 15 and above.

“It is impossible to overstate the importance of education especially in Africa. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world,” the publication added.

Other countries in the top ten include Kenya and Namibia, both with about 85 percent followed by Sao Tome and Principe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Republic of Congo, and Libya who all have between 82 and 84%.

President Robert Mugabe is credited for Zimbabwe’s high literacy rate after he declared education a basic human right following independence in 1980.

The new goverment invested heavily in expanding education access to the previously marginalised African majority.

However, the debilitating economic crisis which hit the country between 2000 and 2009 due to European and American sanctions, reversed the progress.

Poorly paid teachers engaged in endless strikes with many fleeing to neighbouring countries in search of better pay while children from poor families, unable to pay fees, were forced to drop out of school.

According to UNICEF, school attendances plummeted from about 80 percent to around 20 percent while infrastructure maintenance and development was also neglected due to the lack of funding.

The decline was only reversed with the introduction of dollarization in 2009 as parents helped cover teachers’ salaries with the more stable US dollars.

UNICEF and other development partners also intervened through the Educational Transition Fund (ETF) which helped combat problems associated with lack of books and supplies as well as the shortage of resources in general.

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  1. Doug Schorr
    Please just go hang you are one of those rapacious racists supremacists who does not believe that any black person can do something for his people and for himself. You still are in a cocoon of colonialism who believe that only the white race is the chosen and the best race. You can live withe your racist thinking hate him or like him Robert Mugabe will remain a World Hero. Why impose sanctions on him, you know he can outwit any President in the world on any platform. Try any Zimbabwe they think faster and better than any whites you have your countries have imposed sanctions on the country because they see the potential of the country african country for that matter rising to match the so called developed countries in no time and your racist mind knows that.

  2. 49% is a fail in Zimbabwe, it’s different from Matric where 30% is a pass. This is one of the reasons why Zimbabweans are good

  3. ask South africans, they will testify. Zimbabweans are naturally gifted espcially technical jobs like electricians , engineers etc..and I dont know they excell this much because even in South African schools, they are always topping the chats. whats wrong with us South africans?? is it because we are too vocal or carry “complaining mindsets” everywhere? Where I work..in my department there are tw zimbabweans, noone compares to the quality and and quantity of work from the 2 zimbabweans..eish these people. Thats why there is xenophobic issues of “they take our job”..they are just so clinical.

  4. Wayne porter, some people can say what they want to about him. I just wish there were more Mugabe’s in Africa today. To kick out those damn Europeans. They and their lots are nothing but parricides.

  5. In the end very little to do with Mugabe. He and the IMF nearly destroyed what had been achieved and now it is all about recovery and the spirit is coming from the people. They are a determined people, willing to grasp the hot handle to get ahead.

  6. Education, being educated, and literacy are two mighty different things. That said, literacy forms the foundation to becoming educated, a process that should never stop … on on Zimbabwe. The education fire was lit by the old Department of African Education (John Hammond et al) and the dedicated missionaries in the 1930s, fanned and expanded by Garfield Todd, PM from 53 – 58.

  7. A high literacy rate and being the food basket of SADC region were the twin legacies of Pres. Robert Mugabe to Zimbabwe….
    How ever it is disheartening to note that whilst the former legacy is still being reinforced, the latter has been fritted away and the economy of this once great and or promising state has been left in ruins with huge doubts being expressed in concerned quarters as to the ability of the government and Zimbabweans to still stay literate when the money for sustaining educational institutions keeps drying up…
    Unlike Zimbabwe, Nigeria with statistics from UNESCO is sandwiched between Bangladesh and Afghanistan whilst proudly trotting behind Bangladeshi in the rungs of the ladder of states propping up the statistics of uneducated folks shut out from schooling…..

  8. Go Zimbabwe!!!
    CPG-Mugabe Should Be President For Life !!!
    I champion That Move!
    I Think He’s Been Trying Extremely Hard Ta Amend His Pass Discretions Against His Fellow Africans !!!
    N We Know That Under Present Circumstances ,That’s Extremely Difficult To Do!!!
    But He’s Doing Good So Far !!!