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What is Literacy?

Extent of the
Literacy Problem


Measurements of Literacy

Overview of Results

What Is The National
Adult Literacy Agency?





Literacy Problems in Ireland
Any estimate of the extent of the literacy problem will depend on what counts as a literacy difficulty.
This varies from not being able to send a birthday card to having a problem with writing reports at work.

In 1995 the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) carried out the first multinational assessment of adult literacy. The Irish results of the international survey were published in 1997.

The aim of the I.A.L.S. was to provide a profile of the literacy skills of adults in different countries aged between 16 and 64. The question asked of individuals by the IALS was not "Can you read ?" but rather "How well can you read ?". This approach recognised that all individuals are literate to a degree. This approach also acknowledged that no single standard of literacy could be set.

Further Information from:

National Adult Literacy Agency
An Áisineacht Náisiúnta Litearthactha do Aosaigh
76 Lower Gardiner Street
Dublin 1
Tel: 01 855 4332
Fax: 01 855 5475

Pat Stanton,
Adult Education Organiser,
Mayo VEC,
Newtown,
Castlebar
Tel: 094 - 23134

Pauline Mc Dermott,
Mayo Adult Literacy Scheme,
Mayo VEC,
Newtown ,
Castlebar
Tel: 094- 38038