n South African Journal of Higher Education - The encroaching culture of illiteracy : perspectives on higher education

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Despite all the attention given to skills training and the development of functional literacies it seems as if these developments do not address the deeper human needs of meaning and sense-making in the world. It does not lead to a more adequate understanding of the world in its full complexity, neither does it create an awareness and understanding of the intricacies of human relations. The danger is that these literacies will rather lead, as their unavoidable consequence, to illiteracy on a grand scale. What is desperately needed for the sake of our human future is the development and cultivation of a comprehensive literacy that will enable people to perform the necessary skills but enable them at the same time to live full, meaningful human lives. Certain strategies for achieving this ideal are proposed.

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