How many people in Burkina Faso can read and write?

According to a 2003 estimate cited in The C.I.A. World Factbook, 29.4% of Burkinabe men are literate, as opposed to 15.2% of women, leading for a total national literacy rate of 21.8%. Burkina Faso has the lowest literacy percentage by a substantial margin; its closest "competitors" are Chad and Afghanistan with 26% and 28%, respectively.

The average Burkinabe spends just six years in school. (In the U.S., the average is 16.) In case you were wondering, Burkinabe is Burkina Faso's demonym -- the proper name for a person from Burkina Faso.