Tanzania Literacy Rate 1988-2024

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.
  • Tanzania literacy rate for 2021 was 81.80%, a 3.91% increase from 2015.
  • Tanzania literacy rate for 2015 was 77.89%, a 0.21% decline from 2012.
  • Tanzania literacy rate for 2012 was 78.10%, a 10.3% increase from 2010.
  • Tanzania literacy rate for 2010 was 67.80%, a 1.63% decline from 2002.
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%
Tanzania Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2021 81.80% 3.91%
2015 77.89% -0.21%
2012 78.10% 10.30%
2010 67.80% -1.63%
2002 69.43% 10.32%
1988 59.11% 10.32%