REVEALED: Top 26 Countries With The Highest Number of Illiterates, You Won’t Believe Nigeria’s Position

The world has evolved. The 21st century has infact been the century with the highest penetration of  technology yet. Literacy in these century is no longer a basic, it is a necessity. Not only does it empower, it creates opportunities which can in turn lead to the birth of innovations that can solve some of the world’s global socio-economic challenges.

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It is a shame that in this time and age, so many countries have citizens that cannot read or write. According to a report shared by UNESCO in 2015, there are 781 million illiterates; of the 781 million adults over the age of 15 estimated to be illiterate, 496 million are women. What is even more alarming is that over 75% of the world’s 781 million illiterate adults are found in South Asia, West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and women represent almost two-thirds of all illiterate adults globally. Below, we have curated a list of top 25 countries with the lowest level of literacy in the world. This list will shock you. See below.

1. South Sudan  with literacy level of 27.0 %

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2 Afghanistan with literacy level of 28.1 %

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3 Burkina Faso with literacy level of 28.7 %

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4 Niger with literacy level of 28.7 %

 

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5 Mali with literacy level of 33.4 %

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6 Chad with literacy level of 35.4 %

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7 Somalia with literacy level of 37.8 %

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8 Ethiopia with literacy level of 39.0 %

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9 Guinea with literacy level of 41.0 %

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10 Benin with literacy level of 42.4 %

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11 Sierra Leone with literacy level of 43.3 %

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12 Haiti with literacy level of 48.7 %

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13 Senegal with literacy level of 49.7 %

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14 Gambia with literacy level of 51.1 %

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15 Bhutan with literacy level of 52.8 %

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16 Pakistan with literacy level of 54.9 %

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17 Guinea-Bissau with literacy level of 55.3 %

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18 Mozambique with literacy level of 56.1 %

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19 Central African Republic with literacy level of 56.6 %

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20 Cote d’Ivoire with literacy level of 56.9 %

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21 Nepal with literacy level of 57.4 %

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22 Bangladesh 57.7 %

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23 Timor-Leste with literacy level of 58.3 %

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24 Mauritania with literacy level of 58.6 %

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25. Nigeria with literacy level of 59.6

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26 Togo with literacy level of 60.4 %

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What do you think about this list? Where you shocked to see Nigeri’s ranking on the list? Share with us your thoughts in the comments.