Literacyis a concept that is of immense importance to individuals andsociety. Literacy refers to the ability of a person to read andwrite. Traditionally, a lot of people were not literate because offailure to understand its relevance in society. However, in thecontemporary world, individuals have become more literate originatingfrom the increasing need of being literate as well as peopleunderstanding the relevance of literacy. The idea of whether oneshould know how to read and write is no more a thing to be argued inthe current society because individuals have come to understand itssignificance (Barton, 2014). By becoming literate, an individual isin a position to express himself/herself in a better way a move thathelps people to connect with the larger society. Therefore, itmatters to the society since it connects individuals.

Thereare two views concerning literacy. Some hold the opinion that it doesnot benefit an individual while others argue that literacy leads topersonal gains. When a person knows how to read and write, he cancommunicate freely with others and have his ideas incorporated in thedevelopment of the society. Furthermore, literacy encourages a personto be capable of learning more from others (Barton, 2014). It can beargued that having the capacity to read and write helps individualstap ideas from others, which may be used for self-development. I holdthe view that it is feasible to benefit from literacy at a personallevel.

Incase a research would be carried out to investigate the importance ofliteracy in the modern world, it is likely to emerge that it hasnumerous benefits. One such benefit is making a person becomeindependent. When an individual knows how to read and write, he gainsthe ability to depend on himself in most of the aspects of life suchas creating a livelihood. Therefore, literacy is all people need.


Barton,G. (2014). Literacyin the Arts: Retheorising Learning and Teaching.Cham New York: Springer.