Literacy - just reading?

UNESCO's (2011) EFA Global Monitoring Report suggests that '171 million could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills'. Nice infographic explaining more here

All well and good. But...yes, there is a but...besides (presumably) low-quality schooling, is there a reason these students don't have basic reading skills? Is the definition of literacy more than reading and writing for them? Is their native language only available in oral form? Have global targets like EFA completely missed the mark in defining literacy as reading and writing?

Have a think about your definition of literacy and post your comments below. And, if you liked the infographic, you can find more at:

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