5 Best And Worst Countries To Be A Teenager In Africa

Under the hashtag #AfricaNot4Sale, the roundtable’s core message is that African political leaders and big business must stop selling the future of the continent’s youth and start promoting alternative growth models rooted in youth empowerment, human development and human rights.

“The youth of Africa have long been side-lined in discussions and initiatives relating to the development of their own continent. They have watched as the spoils of Africa have been divided and shared amongst multinational companies with the approval of their governments – and they have felt too powerless and, in many cases, too disinterested to intervene.

“Dispossessed and disempowered youths are saying #AfricaNot4Sale,” said Simphiwe Dana, the award-winning South African Afro-soul singer and campaigner for social and economic justice, who is an #AfricaNot4Sale ambassador.

Using data from the African Development Bank, the World Bank, Population Reference Bureau and the UN, Mail & Guardian Africahas 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

 #1: Mauritius

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.

#2: Tunisia

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%.

#3: Algeria

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.


#4: South Africa

 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.

#5: Egypt

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.

5 worst places to be a teenager 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

In Chad, only 15% of teenage girls are enrolled in secondary school 90% of teenagers aged 15-19 do not have a comprehensive knowledge on how HIV/ AIDS can be prevented.


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.
SOURCE: cradle



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