Benin Literacy Rate 1979-2021

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.
  • Benin literacy rate for 2018 was 42.36%, a 9.41% increase from 2012.
  • Benin literacy rate for 2012 was 32.95%, a 4.25% increase from 2006.
  • Benin literacy rate for 2006 was 28.70%, a 5.96% decline from 2002.
  • Benin literacy rate for 2002 was 34.66%, a 7.41% increase from 1992.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Eritrea 76.57%
Uganda 76.53%
Madagascar 74.80%
Rwanda 73.22%
Nepal 67.91%
Comoros 58.82%
Sierra Leone 43.21%
Afghanistan 43.02%
Benin 42.36%
Burkina Faso 41.22%
Central African Republic 37.40%
Mali 35.47%
Niger 35.05%
South Sudan 34.52%
Benin Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 42.36% 9.41%
2012 32.95% 4.25%
2006 28.70% -5.96%
2002 34.66% 7.41%
1992 27.25% 10.76%
1979 16.48% 10.76%