Whom do you call literate? How is literacy different from education?

Literacy, as defined in Census operations, is the ability to read and write with understanding in any language. A person who can merely read but cannot write is not classified as literate. Any formal education or minimum educational standard is not necessary to be considered literate.*

  *A Consultation Paper on “LITERACY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA.

UNESCO has drafted a definition of literacy as the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.

Now, Education is much more than literacy. In Indian context, since literacy means only ability to read and write, education is a formal process of learning and teaching. Education is a system in which a teacher transfers knowledge ,skills and techniques to students. Education is much mire than ability to read and write. It involves using this ability to further gain knowledge.

 

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