Zambia Literacy Rate 1990-2021

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.
  • Zambia literacy rate for 2018 was 86.75%, a 3.74% increase from 2010.
  • Zambia literacy rate for 2010 was 83.01%, a 21.88% increase from 2007.
  • Zambia literacy rate for 2007 was 61.13%, a 8.02% decline from 2002.
  • Zambia literacy rate for 2002 was 69.15%, a 1.15% increase from 1999.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Uzbekistan 99.99%
Kyrgyz Republic 99.59%
Mongolia 98.42%
West Bank and Gaza 97.22%
Indonesia 95.66%
Vietnam 95.00%
Sao Tome and Principe 92.82%
Sri Lanka 91.71%
El Salvador 89.01%
Eswatini 88.42%
Vanuatu 87.51%
Honduras 87.21%
Zambia 86.75%
Kenya 81.54%
Congo, Rep. 80.30%
Ghana 79.04%
Cameroon 77.07%
India 74.37%
Bangladesh 73.91%
Morocco 73.75%
Timor-Leste 68.07%
Nigeria 62.02%
Sudan 60.70%
Zambia Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 86.75% 3.74%
2010 83.01% 21.88%
2007 61.13% -8.02%
2002 69.15% 1.15%
1999 68.00% 3.00%
1990 65.00% 3.00%