These benchmarks are not curriculum in itself but contains indicators in areas of language and mathematics curriculum which are necessary in understanding other aspects of
learning in order to effectively participate in society.
PACIFIC DEFINITION OF LITERACY:
Knowledge and skills necessary to empower a person to communicate through any form of language of their society and the wider world, with respect to all aspects of everyday life.
A person is considered to be functionally literate if she/he has the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to:
- effectively communicate in various forms for a variety of
- use critical and creative thinking strategies when engaging in a range of contexts,
- gain meaning from a range of oral, written and visual texts, and
- become an active lifelong learner to contribute and participate in and beyond her/his society.
A literacy status of a person between the ages of 6 to 14 years will be determined nationally and regionally (if required) by referencing his/her literacy skills to the benchmark indicators outlined below.
However, a person is considered to be functionally literate if he/she has completed four years of formal education and has met the literacy benchmark outlined for Year 4.