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Literacy has been shown to be crucial in the foundation for social development because it promotes the learning in the population and contributes to the reduction of poverty. The HIES reports literacy rates based on the respondent’s self-evaluation of their ability to read and write in any language. The literacy rate is measured based on responses for
those aged between 15 and 49. It should be noted that the methodology used is different to that used to construct the LDHS literacy estimates, and thus is not comparable.


Overall, 64.7% of Liberians are literate. The literacy rate in rural areas is approximately 40% lower than in urban areas. If we focus on the difference between male and female respondents, the male literacy rate is on average 30% higher than female literacy rate. While, the difference in literacy between the poorest and richest group
reaches 50%.

With regards to differences by counties, the lowest literacy rate can be found in Grand Cape Mount at 41.9% and the highest in Montserrado at 82.1%. This means that the highest rate of literacy is double the lowest rate meaning that for every 1 literate person in Cape Mount there are 2 in Montserrado.

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