Education in Africa
Education and progress are closely related, and this is understood by nations from all over the globe. Which is the most educated country in Africa 2018? Let us look at our continent and compare its education level with the rest of the world. Read more:
It is not a secret that only educated people can make progress, help develop their country and increase the economics. Territories with a big number of citizens who are not literate and not educated suffer the most from high levels of unemployment and bad economy. The African continent is a ‘collection’ of contrasts. Some countries are developing quickly and others cannot boast quick improvements. In many African countries, most families live below the poverty line. Their children do not go to school, cannot write and read and do not seem to get any opportunities for education in the near future. The examples of the most educated countries that lead the world and the world’s progress today should motivate others to improve their education systems and get more literate men and women. Thanks to annual reports and surveys made by international organizations, we can get an idea which country is the most educated on the planet and in Africa in 2019.
Which country has the most educated population in Africa?
- South Africa. According to cnbc.com, South Africa is the most educated country in Africa in 2019. This country is the only one in Africa listed by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) as one of the top 40 most educated countries in the world. South Africa literacy rate is at 94 percent. Over the past decade, the South African government budget above 18 percent of its total expenditure on education. It’s not surprising why South African universities rank among the best in Africa, and compete globally. Based on the infographics shared by OECD, South Africa has about 6 percent of people who are between 25-34 years old who have obtained any kind of tertiary education through vocational schools, colleges, universities or other higher educational institutions after school. South Africa was also added to the top 3 most literate African countries in 2015, according to worldatlas.com. It was listed along with Equatorial Guinea and Seychelles as the nation which boasted about 95 percent of literacy rate among people who were at least 15 years old and older.
2. Seychelles: A small country with about 95,000 people, Seychelles holds the position for the best education system in Africa with 69.3 points. It is the only African country in the top 50 education system globally, at 43rd position ahead of Ukraine, Hungary, Russia and UAE. In 2016, according to UNESCO, the government spent 11.72% of total expenditure on education. Education is compulsory up to the age of 16, and free through secondary school until age 18. 98.9 percent of the population age 15 to 24 is literate.
3. Mauritius: As at 2019, the population of Mauritius is estimated at 1,269,668 people at mid year according to UN data. Mauritius has the 3rd best education system in Africa, with 61 points. It holds the 74th position on global education system; and ranks 40th position on Extent of staff training and 47th on Quality of vocational training globally. The government of Mauritius provides free education to its citizens from pre-primary to tertiary levels. Since July 2005, the government also introduced free transport for all students. Schooling is compulsory up to the age of 16. Mauritian students consistently rank top in the world each year for the Cambridge International O Level, and International A and AS level examinations. Literacy rate in Mauritius is placed at 92.85%
4. Tunisia: Since gaining independence from France in 1956, the government of Tunisia has focused on developing an education system which produces a solid human capital base that could respond to the changing needs of a developing nation. Education is the number one priority of the government, with more than 20 percent of government’s budget allocated for education. As at 2017, Tunisia have the population of 11.4 million and the literacy rate as at 2015 was 81%.
- 5. Algeria: The second North African country in this list, also 65th position on School life expectancy. With a population of 41.3 million, the literacy rate is at 75 percent.