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Namibia Country AET Profile

About Namibia

Education is compulsory for 10 years between the ages of 6 and 16. There is an Academy for Tertiary Education for adult students. Projected adult illiteracy rates for the year 2000 stand at 17.9% (males, 17.1%; females, 18.8%). As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 8% of GDP.

A growing number of students have been enrolling in post-secondary education. In 1995, 11,344 students attended tertiary educational institutes, 61% of whom were female.

Less than 1% of Namibia is arable. About 47% of the active population depends on agriculture for their living. Agriculture consists of two sectors: a commercial sector with some 50,000 workers (producing 80% of annual yields), and a subsistence sector situated largely in communal areas. Colonialism left Namibia with a three-tier agricultural production system: 4,000 commercial ranches; 20,000 stock-raising households; and 120,000 mixed-farming operations. The ranches displaced local farmers on 66% of the viable farmland and left only 5% of the land to the 120,000 mixed-farming operations.

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