Illiteracy in Africa is common, with approximately 40% of all African adults (about 153 million people) who are unable to read or write as of 2015. Nine out of the top 10 countries with the highest illiteracy rates are from Africa. Women are more likely than men to be illiterate; two-thirds of all illiterate adults in Africa are female. From 1990 through 2008, the literacy rate for adults in Africa improved from 52% to about 60% due to increased advocacy, however, the total number of illiterate adults actually increased from 177 million to 200 million. This is likely a result of the continent’s rapidly growing population, which is projected to double by 2050.
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