Assessing and Monitoring Literacy and Numeracy

Primary School in Samoa (c) UNESCO Apia

Proficiency in literacy and numeracy is essential if young people are to fully develop their potential in their careers and as effective members of their community and society.  Where there are low levels of literacy and numeracy in the adult population it is an indication of low basic skills and low employment levels.

There is a general understanding that the relatively high reported literacy levels in the Pacific region may not reflect actual literacy levels and many students completing schools lack basic literacy and numeracy skills.

UNESCO in partnership with other development partners assist Pacific Member States and Associate Member in enhancing national capacity in how to assess and monitor literacy and numeracy levels and how to develop and use appropriate tools for this. Better assessment and monitoring of literacy and numeracy will enable countries to better plan to manage programmes and policies to enhance literacy and numeracy achievement.


Household Literacy Survey 2011 in Eastern Highlands Province and Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Pacific Literacy Forum in Auckland

Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA)

Literacy survey for adult population in Madang province in Papua New Guinea 

International Literacy Day (8 September)



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