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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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According to the report, the literacy rate of males in rural areas from the low-income bracket in Pakistan is 64 percent, compared to 14 percent for their female counterparts.
Iqbal being an education expert suggested that the current working system of NCHD had other certain limitations to achieve the 90 percent literacy rate task.
In which of these countries is the female literacy rate higher than the male literacy rate?
As the study was focused on the initiatives for literacy efforts in Punjab (Pakistan).So this study evaluated the literacy efforts in Punjab through various programs and projects to enhance the literacy rate in the province.
The survey is silent on the reasons that were earlier quoted as causes for reduction in the literacy rate in the country.
Reference [3] report on education 2014 recommends that to achieve Education for All" goal by 2015 an urgent action and huge financial resources for education is required to boost up the literacy rate. The report also depicts that inadequate funds from donor agencies are also one of the primary obstacle in achieving the literacy goal.
Table 3 shows the change in sex ratio for every 1% rise in the female literacy rate. Delhi (4.32) showed the greatest improvement in the sex ratio for every percent rise in female literacy in the decade between 1981 and 1991.
According to the 2011 census, Kerala tops the literacy rate with 93.9 per cent and is pursued by Lakshwadeep with 92.3 per cent and Mizoram with 91.6 per cent.
Kyrgyzstan retains very high literacy rate among population aged 15-24 years during 2000-2011 and this rate is inclined to grow, according to the third progress report on achievement of the Millennium Development Goals presented on May 12 in Bishkek.
Speaking at the conference, Sangay lauded the literacy rate in the Tibetan community.
There was a statistically significant female literacy rate at the initial level in 1970-1980.
Demographic factors such as size of the population, population growth rate, rural-urban pattern, sex ratio, literacy rate, age composition, ethnic composition, density of population, family size, nature of the family, income levels etc.

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