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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Illiteracy rates in West Africa are the highest in the world, cramping development and weakening citizens power to effect negative economic and political change, say education agencies. Which are calling on governments and donors to create better literacy and education efforts. Countries such as Mali, Chad, and Niger all have literacy rates under 30%. Compared to the literacy rates of america, just over 98% is more than all those three countries combined. But the future of west african education is promising in the last 10 years, many countries have made amazing gains. In Senegal, for example, 79% of students are enrolled in primary school, up from only 46% in 1990. Across the sub-region, more students are graduating primary school, and schools are taking more female students than ever before. Some West African states, including Benin and Liberia, mention literacy in their national development plans; others, such as Benin, Burkina Faso, and Mali, have adopted non-formal education policies. An estimated 101 million children are uneducated in this region. Its not correct that of Africa's almost 128 million school-aged children, this amount will never attend school. Perhaps even more shocking is the fact that another 37 million African children will learn so little while in they are in school that they will not be much better off than those kids who never attend school. Due to the differences in the languages in the area the need for colonialism is high. For the region's education to survive international languages such as French and English are needed to be taught. In most cases the languages in which school is being taught is not the language of the native people.
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