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Zimbabweans are the most educated in Africa

Zimbabwe has overtaken Tunisia to become the country with the highest literacy rate in Africa, according to statistics from the latest UNDP Digest.

Tunisia had held pole position for years with Zimbabwe second- best and number one in Sub-Saharan Africa.

But according to the UNDP Digest, Zimbabwe's literacy level jumped to 92 percent, up from 85 percent while Tunisia remains on 87 percent.

The achievement is despite the country's education sector suffering from brain drain and lack of resources over the past decade.

A senior government official told the media on Wednesday that the increase in literacy levels is due to government's heavy investment in education over the years.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Washington Mbizvo said the government has promoted conventional and open distance learning in its quest to achieve education for all.

"The latest statistical digest was published last month and shows our country surpassing all African countries. This is because we have been able to make all people access education including those in resettlement areas. "

" Despite hardships, education facilities are present in most parts of the country," he said.

While acknowledging that education infrastructure has deteriorated, Mbizvo said the quality and culture of education in the country has improved."

"Zimbabweans have always been eager to learn," he said.

"The government has expanded the number of teachers' colleges to 13, producing 2, 500 teachers per year," he said, adding that other countries in Africa produce between 200 and 400 teachers annually on average.

"This has seen other countries like Namibia requesting us to train teachers for them and this shows that we are well-recognized on the continent," Mbizvo said. Xinhua



+1 #4 Mr. Sam 2013-03-21 09:52
:lol: Congradulations Zimbabwe, we are the best in Africa, all is gona be alright lets push forward.
I also thank and salute our leaders in promoting education for all sons of the soil.
0 #3 AGABA LUFULANI 2013-01-01 12:45
The education achievement for zimbabwe must be an example for africa counties to fall up.Other countries are legged behind due to the poor leadership and no good governance on education sectors.Corruption is key factor for the failure on education sectors for most African countries.God bless Africa.
+1 #2 Tonderayi Chishaya 2012-02-21 20:00
Makorokoto Zimbabwe. Thank you your hounerable Mr Robert G. MUGABE for your investments in education I am only 23years but already a Bakery Manager because of u I culd not reach any further highier education(only 6"O" Level subjects) took me to where I am today and be recognised. Like they say "be eager to learn" you wil discover the posibilities anywhere in the world. Lets keep the record lets hold it forever!!
+1 #1 Moses 2010-11-24 14:39
Congratulations Zimbawe !!! Keep pushing. Around 20 years ago I meet an Engineer who transferred from London to Harare; he told me life in Harare is much better than in London. We hope to see Zimabwe back to be a pride of all educated Africans.

You got to kick the dictators Mengistu of Ethiopia and your own dictator first though.

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