failed states Compared by Education > Literacy > Male

DEFINITION: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.


1 Zimbabwe 94.2% 2003
2 Democratic Republic of the Congo 76.2% 2003
3 Nigeria 75.7% 2003
4 Sudan 71.8% 2003
5 Yemen 70.5% 2003
6 Central African Republic 63.3% 2003
7 Pakistan 63% 2005
8 Guinea-Bissau 58.1% 2003
9 Cote d'Ivoire 57.9% 2003
10 Chad 56% 2003
11 Iraq 55.9% 2003
12 Haiti 54.8% 2003
13 Somalia 49.7% 2001
14 Afghanistan 43.1% 2000
15 Guinea 42.6% 2003


failed states Compared by Education > Literacy > Male


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