UNESCO Literacy Levels

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



Thinking Skills (problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, job task planning and organizing, significant use of memory, and finding information)

Literacy Videos

Essential Skills:

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