what is difference between literacy and education?

India
June 19, 2009 12:32am CST
i've heard people saying that this person is literate or this person is educated and so on.looking by their use of these two words it is clear that both the words definitely mean different.but what is the difference between them?for me both mean the same because these two words are manily used to praise someone and it surely means that the person who is educated or literate has knowledge of many things.now i need your help to explain to me the difference between these two words.i'll be thankful to you all.
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12 responses
@ratyz5 (7836)
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Good day, antony2best When you say literate, that person is able to read or write. I'm not sure if that included comprehension and thinking but, when you say that a person is educated, well, aside from being able to read and write, that person is also possessing education (especially having more than average knowledge).
• India
19 Jun 09
thanks alot for your response.have a great day!
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@ratyz5 (7836)
• Philippines
23 Jun 09
Your quite welcome (^_^ ) Have a great day yourself too~!
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
19 Jun 09
I think, literate means a person who knows how to read and write. However, the meaning of education is more than that. An educated person is not only able to read and write, he is well cultured, well civilized, well behaved and inculcates high values and morals in his or her life.
• India
19 Jun 09
thanks alot for your valuable response.!have a great day.
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
19 Jun 09
Thanks and same to you.
@phyrre (2351)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Well, in English, they really have to separate meanings, though more and more often they get used as the same thing. I'll try to explain the best that I can. If a person is educated it means that they have attended school. I think that's the simplest way to explain it. It means they've attended classes and now have a degree or certificate or something to prove it. It can also mean that they show certain signs of culture and learning. This is oftentimes used in comparison to "uneducated" people, which is sometimes used as an insult when people think they are less cultured than others. To be literate has several meanings. First, it means being able to read and write. Second, it means possessing knowledge, either through education or about a specific field (ie. computer literate). So, they are more or less the same thing, but slightly different. Not enough different, though, where you would get badgered for using one over the other, in most situations.
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• India
19 Jun 09
thaks alot for takeng time and responding to this post.this information is very useful.thanks.
@sudalunts (5528)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Literacy means the ability to be able to read. You can have an education and still be illiterate. Some people are really good at faking, that they can get through school without knowing how to read. Actually, I had a friend who finished school, but could not read.
@Archie0 (4509)
• India
19 Jun 09
literacy means read and write a particular language or languages but on the other hand education means the whole knowledge of the field. Literacy is only a part of education. Literate people are not necessarily educated also.
@zhpshql (695)
• China
27 Jun 09
Hi, oh,it's so hard for me,but I think if we say somebody is good educated,that means pretty good.
• India
20 Jun 09
There is a huge difference between literacy an education. Let me first differentiate between the illiterate and the literate. An illiterate is one who, if given a book to him(even which is in his mother tongue), he/she is only able to stare at it and see some symbols. Where as literate is one who can read the book well and even write down a few important point from it. But the educated is one who can has the thorough knowledge of the subject he is reading and is able to understand the book properly and explain it to others. For example a guy who works as a clerk in an office can't understand the working of the computer but he can use it because he is literate enough to do so. But on the other hand a computer science teacher or scientist can explain the working of all the parts because they are educated and have a deep knowledge on that subject.
@bing28 (3801)
• Philippines
20 Jun 09
I think just knowng the basic of education, as to read and write makes a person literate while pursuing education to finish a degree makes a person educated. So, education maybe a broader term for literacy, although it may depend on how a person uses the words. Though same words may mean the same in some thoughts.
@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
hello antony education is the knowledge of one person , while literature is the knowledge of the nation. not every educated person is literate have a great time ... and it's really a nice discussion
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Literacy is what the person knows..his knowledge...Education is what you get to acquire literacy. That is what my description on this. They are words linked together with different meaning.
@vetiver12 (164)
• Spain
19 Jun 09
I think literacy is autodidact, that is, learning because he likes it, and educated is a person who has learned to do a job
@debrakcarey (19939)
• United States
19 Jun 09
Literate means you understand reading and writing...education means you have learned many facts....to top it all off should be wisdom....finding facts and discerning which ones are useful and which ones aren't...and then using it all to make things better!
@kun2349 (23477)
• Singapore
19 Jun 09
Actually there's not much difference between them.. BOth of them can be used to praise ple for being well educated.. However, most ple dun really use the word, literacy because of its opposite 'illiterate'.. haha =D Or should i say, being literate means they know more words as compared to knowing more knowledge about things?? There are ple whom are literate, but they do not know alot of things.. And the same goes well educated ple too, they might have alot of knowledge, but they dunno alot of words.. haha =D