Glossary Term

Basic Learning Needs

Basic learning needs are those which comprise both essential learning tools (such as literacy, oral expression, numeracy, and problem solving) and the basic learning content (such as knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes) required for survival, to develop full capacities, to live and work in dignity, to participate fully in development, to improve quality of life, to make informed decisions, and to continue learning. The scope of basic learning needs and how they should be met varies by country and culture, and inevitably, changes over time.