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Afghanistan - Adult (15+) literacy rate

38.2
(%)
in 2015

In 2015, adult literacy rate for Afghanistan was 38.2 %. Adult literacy rate of Afghanistan increased from 18.2 % in 1979 to 38.2 % in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of 47.53 %.

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Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, ‘literacy’ also encompasses ‘numeracy’, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of literates aged 15 years and over by the corresponding age group population and multiplying the result by 100.

Date Value Change, %
2015 38.2 20.25 %
2011 31.7 74.81 %
1979 18.2