% of population aged 16 and over who is illiterate: male 24% and female 45%
approximately one-half of the population is aged 15 and under
40% of children do not attend school due to poverty, sickness or displacement
Because one-half of the population of the Congo is 15 or under, they are not counted in the above literacy ratings. Given the Congo's recent history, conflict along the eastern coast and poor economic conditions, many children are not able to attend school at all. There are few books, many deteriorating school buildings, and overall very poor learning conditions.
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