Zambia Literacy Rate 1990-2024

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 2020 was 87.50%, a 0.75% increase from 2018.
  • 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.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Mongolia 99.18%
West Bank and Gaza 97.51%
Indonesia 96.00%
Bolivia 93.85%
Sri Lanka 92.38%
El Salvador 89.98%
Eswatini 89.28%
Zambia 87.50%
Ghana 80.38%
Cameroon 78.23%
Bangladesh 74.91%
Timor-Leste 69.90%
Zambia Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2020 87.50% 0.75%
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%