What is “Literacy”?
Literacy refers to an individual’s ability to read and write—something which has come to be known as “basic literacy.” Learning to read and write (text and numbers), reading and writing to learn, and developing these skills and using them effectively for meeting basic needs
True literacy or functional literacy encompasses much more than just these basic skills. It includes the ability to analyze things, understand general ideas or terms, use symbols in complex ways, apply theories, and perform other necessary life skills―including the ability to engage in the social and economic life of the community
It is the ability to understand and use printed information in daily activities at home, at work, and in the community―to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.
Unlike basic literacy, with its focus on acquiring skills, functional literacy deals with how people actually use such skills to live and work in society.
It is the ability to read, understand and interpret and communicate written material. Literacy involves being able to infer, express thoughts, feelings and ideas about the material read.
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