Functional Literacy and Human Economics by Ana Lucia Lima #ACEI_CO #InvestigAction #MRX

… Live blogging from Bogoto, Colombia, any errors are my own, any comments in [] are my own…

ACEI Bogoto Colombia

  • 14 million adult Brazilians cannot read or write, 7% [sad 😦 ]
  • half of kids do not meet standards of reading and math in grade 3
  • less than 30% learn reading/writing/math to expected standards by grade 12 which means they have huge limitations in life
  • even people who stay in school do not learn as much, as well, as they could or should
  • this is not ok, you must do something to change this no matter what you do in life
  • but we are improving, today’s terrible is better than yesterday’s terrible
  • school’s must produce not just students, but capable students
  • they created a literacy index to track the learning curve, it’s not sufficient to just look at the results, we must act on the results
  • classified into four groups – can’t read at all, basic readers who may misinterpret things, people who can read and write, people who are extremely literate
  • want to know if they can live in a social context with many inputs from everywhere, newspapers, blogs, products
  • 27% are still functionally illiterate and this is an improvement from 39% ten years ago
  • only 60% of people with a university degree are functionally literate considering all of reading, writing, and math
  • the test is done at the person’s home, it’s done one on one. answers are verbal and written as needed. e.g., what is the name of this magazine or using a calendar what day of the week was September 7. Advanced people are given a paragraph to read and asked about a fact named in the paragraph.  The questions always related to your daily routine. Spelling mistakes are allowed.
  • people are asked if their parents can read, if there are books in their home, do they go to a public or private school
  • [imagine how different your marketing would be if half of your audience was functionally illiterate]
  • this can be used as a planning tool by government organizations
  • data is made available to anyone who wants it, lots of doctoral research uses it
  • anyone who wants to use the data or help promote the cause by sponsoring or volunteering in some way, please get in touch
  • adults do not want to go back to school so the help needs to come from church, friends, family, and community
  • “De Olho nas Metas 2012”  Rep sample of 27000 english tests and math tests

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