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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
The study sought to identify five literacy skill levels to cover such demands at work, in the home and the community.

Level 1 indicates very low literacy skills, where the individual may have difficulty identifying the correct amount of medicine to give to a child from the information found on the package.

Level 2 respondents can deal only with material that is simple, clearly laid out and in which the tasks involved are not too complex. This is a significant category, because it identifies people who may have adapted their lower literacy skills to everyday life, but would have difficulty learning new job skills.

Level 3 is considered the minimum desirable threshold in many countries but most occupations require higher skills.

Levels 4 and 5 show increasingly higher literacy skills requiring the ability to integrate several sources of information or solve more complex problems. These levels appear to be a necessary requirement for some jobs.
 

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