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Theme Human Development
Code HD-CUL-1.3
Sub-theme Culture
Name Proportion of people in specific language community able to read and write in their first language of their cultural group
Definition Percentage of the population in specific language communities who are literate in their first local language
Calculation/Formula Total number of people able to read and write in the first language of their cultural group / Total population of cultural group x 100
Unit of Measure %
Range (eg Age) Those who are eligible to be asked the question - usually population 3-5 years of age and over
Assumptions That the input data are asked from censuses - but can be asked in specific literacy surveys
Limitations This specific question is not included in the census, however a broader question is usually included to capture literacy in local languages
Intended Direction of change Increase
Purpose/Rationale Measures transmission of cultural knowledge
Policy Linkages Community and social well being components of development plans in most countries. Pacific Plan, Objective 11.1 ‘Strategy to maintain and strengthen cultural identity’. SPC Corporate Plan – last section on cross cutting areas which includes culture and ed
Preferred Data Sources Census
Alternative_Data Sources Language use surveys
Census - HIES - DHS tag Census (Hybrid)
Primary Data Collection System Survey - National Statistics Office
Frequency of Data Collection 5-10 years
Other agencies countries_ must report to: UNESCO
SPC Responsibility - Data Management SDP
Means of Verification (outside NSO system) Education or Culture officials
SPC Programme HDP
Numerator Total number of people able to read and write in the first language of their cultural group
Denominator Total population of cultural group
Factor x 100
Unit %