Literacy 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 develop one’s knowledge and potential. Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society. Literacy is not restricted to reading and writing but includes a host of related skills:

  • Oral Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Computer Use
  • Continuous Learning
  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Numeracy
  • Writing
  • Thinking Skills

Visit UNESCO’s Education and Literacy Statistics page to find out more.