The illiteracy situation in Mauritania is very high, well below 50%. Back in the mid 80s, grown-up literacy percentage was projected to be in the middle of 18% and 25%. There are zero wide-ranging agenda to teach adults. In reality, going to school is made compulsory by law for all kids. It is also absolutely free. However, there are a lot of impediments. For underprivileged people, the price of food and other amenities forces children out of the educational facilities provided by the government. Lack of viable transportation going to school and back has become a huge challenge in the countryside. A lot of children never begin studying at all, and a great number drop out year after year. Secondary schools attendance is at 21%.