Literacy, Language and Numeracy

The University of Waikato’s Literacy, Language and Numeracy work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015.UN-Screenshot

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

Education-related Sustainable Development Goals 2015
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Target 4.6:

  • By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy

Facts and figures

  • 493 million women (two thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate adults) in 2015 cannot read or write
  • Enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 per cent but 57 million children remain out of school
  • 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women

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Contact Information

Professor Diana Coben

Professor Diana Coben

Research and Policy
Tel: +64 7 838 4466
Mobile: +64 275073860

Nicola McCartney

Nicola McCartney

Programme Development and Implementation
Tel: +64 7 838 4062
Mobile: +64 274379730

Damon Whitten

Damon Whitten

NZ Literacy and Numeracy Portal Coordinator

Programme Facilitation
Tel: +64 7 838 4466 xt6676

Visit the New Zealand Literacy and Numeracy Portal