The ability to read and write. (Note: This is the basic meaning; the definition excludes the wider uses in English which can include oracy (speaking and listening skills) and numeracy; it also excludes the modern use of ‘literacy’ in English to mean ‘capability’, as in ‘financial literacy’, ‘emotional literacy’, etc.)
The ability to read and write at a level of competence that enables full participation in social and economic life.
The percentage of the population aged 18-24 with only lower secondary education or less and no longer in education or training:(Note: This is a pragmatic definition for EU benchmark purposes; a full dictionary definition would not specify this age-range, and a more general definition would be: Those who left school without completing secondary education, or experienced a lack of success at the end of upper secondary school, that is, left without qualifications. ‘Second chance education’ (q.v.) is intended for people meeting this description.)
Temporary or permanent withdrawal from an education or training programme before its completion. (Note: In English this word can also refer to a person who has failed to complete a course. This usage is often derogative.)
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