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National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

Literacy at a Glance 

  • 1 in 6 people has a literacy difficulty in Ireland

  • 1 in 4 has a problem with numeracy

  • In Ireland nearly 30% of the workforce has only Junior Certificate or less, while 10% has only primary level or no formal qualifications at all.

What do NALA do?

Since 2000, NALA has been using television, radio, print, telephones and the internet to provide educational opportunities to people who want to improve their literacy. They operate a Distance Learning Service and provide tutor support over the phone and internet. Additionally, they manage an e-learning website where people can have their skills assessed across a number of areas and then be prescribed an individual learning plan to improve these areas.

They work in partnership with government departments, organisations, tutors and learners to advance adult literacy policy and ensure the views and experience of adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties are heard and taken into account by policy makers. 

Services

NALA remove barriers to people with literacy difficulties. In Ireland, more than 500,000 people have problems reading and understanding information, or doing simple math. This means they may be unable to fill in a form, vote, read instructions on medicines, add up a bill, help kids with homework or search the web for information. NALA professional services helps organisations to be more accessible to people with literacy or numeracy difficulties. There are benefits and cost savings of doing this.
NALA offer the following services: Plain English, Health Literacy, Family Literacy, Financial Literacy and Workplace Basic Education.

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