Burundi Literacy Rate 1979-2024

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.
  • Burundi literacy rate for 2021 was 74.71%, a 6.33% increase from 2017.
  • Burundi literacy rate for 2017 was 68.38%, a 6.86% increase from 2014.
  • Burundi literacy rate for 2014 was 61.51%, a 13.43% increase from 2008.
  • Burundi literacy rate for 2008 was 48.08%, a 11.22% decline from 2000.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Zimbabwe 89.70%
Tanzania 81.80%
Democratic Republic of Congo 80.02%
Uganda 79.00%
Madagascar 77.25%
Rwanda 75.90%
Burundi 74.71%
Nepal 71.15%
Malawi 67.31%
Mozambique 63.42%
Comoros 61.99%
Gambia 58.06%
Senegal 56.30%
Guinea-Bissau 52.89%
Sierra Leone 47.70%
Burkina Faso 46.04%
Benin 45.84%
Guinea 45.33%
Niger 37.34%
Afghanistan 37.27%
Chad 26.76%
Burundi Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2021 74.71% 6.33%
2017 68.38% 6.86%
2014 61.51% 13.43%
2008 48.08% -11.22%
2000 59.30% 21.92%
1990 37.38% 14.88%
1979 22.51% 14.88%