Teaching basic literacy prowess

Developing basic literacy in working population
Providing training in functional literacy
Ensuring competence in reading and writing
Teaching literacy
Improving functional literacy
Reducing functional illiteracy
Combatting functional illiteracy
Promoting basic literacy
Equipping basic language competence
Teaching basic language skills
Promoting basic language proficiency
Enabling practical language use

Teaching people how to read and write, particularly adults who have missed gaining such skills as children.


As a direct result of the efforts of UN agencies, over 60% of adults in developing countries can now read and write.

The functional literacy curriculum of the Non-Formal Education Programme of The Philippines has been given very high priority in the past decade. It includes the teaching of basic literacy skills -- reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as values education. Moreover, it is integrated with livelihood skills development courses organized for illiterate and semi-literate out-of-school youth and adults. In 1986, a total of 4,369 functional literacy classes were organized in 13 regions of the country with a total enrolment of 99,000. Of the 68,000 graduates, 27,500 were out-of-school youth. In 1987, there was a total of 6,600 functional literacy classes with an enrolment of 160,000, of whom 41,500 were out-of-school youth.

Constrained by:
Limiting writing ability
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal