Literacy is more than knowing how to read and write.
Literacy is a skill that enables us to manage a variety of tasks at home, at work and in society at large. International research reveals that 46% of Canadians have some level of difficulty with the literacy skills required in daily life. Yamaska Literacy Council helps people develop essential skills for learning, work and life.
9 Essential Skills
- Reading: reading material such as notes, letters, newspapers, manuals, etc.
- Writing: doing tasks such as filling in forms, writing text and using computers to write.
- Document Use: using tables, graphs, signs, labels, etc.
- Numeracy: using and understanding numbers and money
- Computer Use: using computers and other technology
- Thinking: knowing how to problem solve, make decisions, plan and organize tasks
- Oral Communication: using verbal skills to exchange information and ideas with others
- Working with Others: performing tasks with others
- Continuous Learning: learning and using new skills and knowledge throughout life
Follow these links learn more about the literacy research and statistics.
- Literacy Quebec: Definition and Literacy Levels
- Human Resources and Development Canada Literacy and Essential Skills
- Yamaska Literacy Council: Essential Skills PDF