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Informatics The ability to read and write. See Digital literacy Medical communication The ability to read and understand written text, instructions and medically relevant materials. See health literacy, Science literacy.
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Ability of a person to read, write, and speak English, and to solve problems sufficiently well to function in a job and in society.
[L. littera, letter]
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(lit′ĕ-răt) [L. litteratus, marked with letters]
Being able to read and write, and to use written language as in understanding graphs, charts, tables, maps, symbols, and formulas. literacy (-ră-sē)

number literacy

The ability of patients to understand their lab values and make lifestyle adjustments accordingly.
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The program is being run by the University's Department of Distance and Non-Formal Continuing Education, and its senior faculty members have voluntarily devoted their services to teach the illiterate employees through a specially designed lesson- plan.The inaugural session was also addressed by the Education Department Dean Dr Nasir Mahmood, Adult Literacy Department Director Dr Muhammad Ajaml and other faculty members which included Dr Afshan Huma and Dr Aftab Ahmed and others.
The 20th century approach to addressing adult literacy and numeracy is to focus on the school system, in the belief that a strong school based foundation will set young people up for a lifetime of literacy and numeracy and that second chance or catch up education will be all that is necessary for the handful of adults who miss out on the basics in school.
-Adnan Ghari, Grade 6 volunteer on the Adult Literacy Programme, Little Flowers School, Dubai.
The programs were based on an 'integrated' concept of adult literacy (e.g.
National Adult Literacy Agency director Inez Bailey said: "It is a triumph against difficult circumstances to encourage so many adults back into basic education after they have had bad experiences of school.
The neo-literates were identified with the help of their respective adult literacy teachers and supervisors.
Federal, state and local governments are charged with the responsibility of organizing and funding adult literacy programmes.
The Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL) conference, hosted by the University of Wales, Newport, was attended by delegates from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada, the USA and Australia.
Estimates were developed using statistical models that related estimated percentages of adults lacking basic literacy skills in counties sampled for the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey and the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy to county characteristics, such as levels of educational attainment.
But now she is becoming something of an avid reader thanks to an adult literacy programme.
China, South Asia and Africa were among the areas with lowest adult literacy levels, the report said.
The December 2005 study released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) found that 55% of American adults scored in the lowest 2 levels of quantitative literacy.

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