Literacy

Does low literacy still exist?

Literacy

Does low literacy still exist?

Once in a while we rename terms if the name no longer includes the target group. First there was illiteracy, when a large part of the population did not go to school and could not read and write. Nowadays, a large part of the population has access to education and literacy is declining and we speak of low literacy.

Low literacy means that people can read and write, but have difficulty with the use of reading and writing in everyday life for others that is considered normal or not noticeable. Think of reading a traffic sign, instructions to assemble a table, the back of a carton of milk. This can have major consequences if you are allergic to milk, for example.

But this literacy is also declining. When the computer became a laptop and became integrated, we started talking about digibetics. By digibetes we mean those who cannot handle the laptop, tablet or mobile. This group is also decreasing due to the tablet and smartphone. This is thanks to the IT people who are interested enough to make their use easier for others in their field.

What remains now are the refugees and nomads who move to another country and have been trained, but in a different language and culture. This group finds it difficult to connect, because the frustration is that they understand it, but do not penetrate the “new” country through incomprehension, but also persist in their own norms and values. The strange thing is that we ignore this target group and continue to call them low-literate. Why no new term and no new approach? Where are the life hackers who will help this group to come to a new phenomenon?

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