The modern world has been greatly revolutionized by the increased levels of literacy among individuals operating within various jurisdictions. Literacy is a condition that exists in human beings after gaining educational teachings on certain areas. Literacy is a condition that exists in human beings after they gain education teachings on certain areas. Various people have a different explanation to what literacy is or when it is needed. It is extremely crucial considering that it provides a basis upon which most developments are taking place in the world today. Literacy can be defined as the ability to read, write and put ideas expressed in paper form. In the education field, literacy has been described as a basic requirement in the modern world.
Different authors have a different meaning of the term literacy; others define it as the manner in which the processes of reading and writing have been taken and put into practice considering the various social settings that exist. It is also good to know how it shapes up other sectors apart from education. The debate on literacy incorporates the globe in such a way that certain scholars have tagged various jurisdictions in which literacy plays a key role; it has been described in a precise manner as a sense of reading not only the word but the world in a concurrent measure (Freire & Macedo, 1987). Literacy could also mean one having good behavior and morals in the society. This is seen in how people behave in the society, and how they are encouraged.
The various perceptions that people have had about literacy have led to development of various schools of thought in as far as the importance of literacy is concerned. Individuals who have enjoyed success in this sector are therefore considered literate by all measures. In discussing this matter of literacy especially in non-educational sectors it is important to verify the outcome of an individual’s actions. This in a way helps to gauge the literacy levels of such individuals as their actions would represent their understanding of the situation at hand. However, reading should be a basic element in describing literacy since it is from written works that the two concepts of conceptualization and understanding emanate.