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
Tel: 01 855 4332
Fax: 01 855 5475
Adult Education Organiser,
Tel: 094 - 23134
Pauline Mc Dermott,
Mayo Adult Literacy Scheme,
Tel: 094- 38038