Afghanistan: Literacy rate

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 Afghanistan

Literacy rate

 Latest value 37.27
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1979 - 2021
 Average 28.96
 Min - Max 18.16 - 37.27
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for Afghanistan from 1979 to 2021. The average value for Afghanistan during that period was 28.96 percent with a minimum of 18.16 percent in 1979 and a maximum of 37.27 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 37.27 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 39 countries is 91.79 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Definition: Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

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 Education spending, percent of government spending 8.20 2017 percent
 Literacy rate 37.27 2021 percent
 Female literacy rate, ages 15-24 41.59 2021 percent
 Male literacy rate, ages 15-24 71.24 2021 percent
 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24 55.93 2021 percent
 Student teacher ratio, primary school 48.79 2018 students per teacher
 Primary school completion rate 86.18 2019 percent
 School starting age, primary school 7 2022 years
 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 0.67 2019 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 0.57 2018 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 0.38 2020 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 1.06 2011 percent
 Primary school enrollment 110.01 2019 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 57.04 2018 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 10.86 2020 percent
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