Millions in Africa still cannot read or write: report

JOHANNESBURG - Monday is International Literacy Day.

While significant improvements have been made in literacy rates globally, there are still millions who cannot read or write.

Globally, 57 million children of primary school age are not at school.

Nearly 800 million adults and 130 million youths cannot read or write a simple sentence.

It means many jobs are closed to them, and options in life are limited.

In Africa, fewer than 60% of people are literate.

Of the 10 countries with the world’s lowest literacy rates, no fewer than seven are in west Africa.

The most shocking statistic: two thirds of those who cannot read or write are women.

eNews Africa produced a video that looks at literacy on the continent.