About Adult Literacy, Learning and
Skills Upgrading

What is literacy?

LCYS has adopted the definition of literacy put forward by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society. – UNESCO

What is learning?

Learning is the activity or process of developing and improving one’s skills and knowledge in order to perform effectively and adapt to change.

Benefits of Skills Upgrading

Upgrading skills has profound influences at both an individual and societal level.

On an individual level, people who upgrade their skills are likely to

  • expand their possibilities for work and in life
  • open their minds to new ideas and be curious and creative
  • acquire tools to better adapt to change
  • seek and find meaning in their lives
  • remain involved as active contributors to society
  • make new friends, establish valuable relationships, network professionally and socially
  • lead an enriching life of self-fulfillment
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