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Asian countries with the highest youth literacy rates 2016

Countries with the highest youth literacy rates in Asia as of 2016

by Ella Zoe Doan, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Asian countries with the highest youth literacy rates 2016 Within the Asian region, Singapore ranks as the second most literate country with a youth literacy rate of 99.93 percent. The literacy rate in Singapore for people aged 15 years and older has been steadily increasing in the past years.
Indicators for the literacy rate

An indicator that affects the literacy rate is the governmental effort in investing in education that determines a country’s state of education. Singapore’s student-teacher ratio in primary education is significantly lower than that of South Asian countries. For instance, Nepal’s pupil to teacher ratio amounted to 21.5 while Singaporean teachers only had around 15.2 students on average. Notably, South Asia, together with sub-Saharan Africa, has a much higher illiteracy rate compared to the East Asian and Pacific region.

The importance of literacy

The literacy rate indicates the percentage of people within a population that can read and write, enabling them to identify, understand and interpret materials with various contexts. Ensuring literacy for all girls and boys is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for quality education to ensure economic and societal growth in the future.
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Countries with the highest youth literacy rates in Asia as of 2016

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