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Cape Verde leads West Africa in terms of investment in education 26 Abril 2009

Last year, the Cape Verdean government invested 6.6% of the country’s gross domestic product in education, the highest percentage in all of West Africa.

A recent study by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) indicates that Cape Verde shows the best performance in the area of education in West Africa. According to the EFA Global Monitoring Report, 83% of Cape Verdeans know how to read and write.

In second place in the ranking is Ghana, with a literacy rate of 64%. The worst performance in the region is that of Mali, where only 23% of inhabitants are able to read and write.

The report also stresses that the government of Cape Verde invested more in education than any of the other countries in the region in terms of percentage of GDP – 6.6%. Even so, affirms the UNESCO, the objective set by African governments in 2007 – 7% - has yet to be fulfilled.

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