Literacy skills are life skills.
According to the International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALLS 2005) literacy is defined as:
“the ability to understand and employ 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”
By this definition, literacy is about so much more than being able to read and write. Literacy is woven into the fabric of our daily activities.
Today, our understanding of literacy includes:
- using computers and technology
- filling in forms
- helping with homework
- understanding the nutritional content of the food we eat
- knowing what we need to do to keep ourselves physically fit
- completing reports at work
- communicating with doctors
- being able to become involved in church or political groups, cultural activities, workplace supports, and social networks
- and much more!