5 Best And 5 Worst Countries For Teenagers In Africa – See where your country falls..

Using data from the African Development Bank, the World Bank, Population Reference Bureau and the UN, Africa Cradle has developed an Africa Teenagers Ranking of the five best and worst countries to be a teenager in Africa today:

5 best places to be a teenager in Africa

Nearly all Mauritian teenagers are enrolled in secondary school, and


Nearly all Mauritian teenagers are enrolled in secondary school, and Mauritian teens don’t have to worry about falling victim to crime or violence, or being married off young. 42% of the youth population aged 15-24 are considered digital natives


Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, and its young people were at the vanguard of the revolution.
 41 % of tertiary-age girls are enrolled at university or college, that’s even more than their male age mates , whose enrolment rate is 28%.


96% of Algerian teens attend secondary school, and a quarter of college-age youth are enrolled in tertiary education, one of the highest rates in Africa. Algeria also has a very low child marriage rate, just  2% of girls are married by age 18.


 South Africa has a high GDP per capita, a vibrant cultural scene, and many world-class universities. It is also ranked first in Africa in youth participation in civic life. But crime and inequality dampen the prospects of many young people


Egyptian teens are highly engaged in civic and public life. More than a third of college-age youth are enrolled in tertiary education. However, the economy struggles to absorb them into the labour market: 39%

of 15-24 year olds are unemployed and looking for a job, one of the highest in Africa.



Niger has a shockingly high rate of child marriage 36% of girls are married before age 15. By the time a girl is 18 years old, she has a three in four chance of already being married.

#2: CHAD


An outbreak of war in the Central African Republic in 2013 has worsened a bad situation for teens in the country.
The country is considered the third most dangerous in Africa today, and just 1% of young adults are enrolled in tertiary education.

#4: MALI

69% It’s one of the highest rates of teenage acceptance of wife-beating in Africa of Malian girls aged 15-19 believe that a husband is justified to beat his wife in certain circumstances, like if she goes out without telling him, burns the food or neglects the children.


Mauritania has one of Africa’s highest rates of tobacco use in very young teens. 32% of 13-15 year old boys smoke cigarettes regularly, as do 30%of 13-15 year old girls.

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