Basic numeracy begins with teaching a person what a number depicts and how to count. Once a person knows the name of a number and is able to place them in the correct numerical order, they can begin to learn how to recognise numbers. After this, an individual can begin making basic sums such as addition and subtraction. A learner must be able to write the numbers to enable him or her to make these calculations on paper. So before a person can begin learning basic numeracy it is imperative that they are able to read and write and apply these skills to the world of numeracy.