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#LiteracyDay: is literacy the gateway to skills development?

Posted on 06-Sep-2018 11:40:23

The term ‘skills’ can be quite a vague one. Humans have created, learned and mastered a fair amount of skills over the last hundreds of thousands of years - an amount that will only continue to grow as we carry on experimenting and innovating. We usually have to add qualifiers to specify precisely what skills or types of skills we’re referring to. Even the team responsible for UNESCO’s International Literacy Day found it necessary to offer their own personal definition when expounding on this year’s theme of ‘Literacy and skills’. According to them, “‘skills’ means knowledge, skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.” The aim of the theme, they say, is to explore “integrated approaches” that aid both the development of these types of skills and the development of literacy.

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Topics: International Literacy Day