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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.


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]


(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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Can you think of specific ways that increasing the female literacy rate can help a nation?
According to Pakistan Standards of Living Measurements PSLM 2011-12, the country's literacy rate is 58 percent.
The weaknesses and bottlenecks about various programs and projects were also pointed out to improve the literacy rate.
Under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Pakistan was required to increase its literacy rate to 88% by 2015.
3 Literacy rate and female education in South Asian countries
Albeit, the state's 74 per cent literacy rate is more than the national average but it is still way behind.
Among the Scheduled Tribe population, the literacy rate is highest in the state of Mizoram in northeastern India (86.
The government announced an education policy in 2009 in line with the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) according to which Pakistan should take its literacy rate to 86 per cent by 2015 by starting to spend seven per cent of GDP by the same year.
There was a higher adult literacy rate in urban areas than in the rural areas.
n order to enhance literacy rate in Afghanistan, the Japanese CAgovernment will provide the Education Ministry 19.
China's 91% adult literacy rate rivals wealthy, industrial Western economies, and is 30 percentage points higher than India's adult literacy rate of 61%.
Since he was already prosperous financially, he did not view his book-selling endeavor as a commercial venture so much as a mission to help improve the literacy rate of the Hispanic community.

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