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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
25% of the Irish population were found to score
at the lowest level, Level 1. This means that 500,000
individuals are only able to cope, at best, with
the most basic literacy tasks in society.

An unemployed person is three times more likely
to experience a lower level of literacy compared to
someone who is employed.

20% of people never read a book and 60% claimed
to never use the public library.

More than 60% of individuals who left school without completing the Junior Cycle scored at Level 1.

An alarming aspect of the current situation is the number of young people who leave school each year with inadequate reading and writing skills. In l995, 7% of young people left school with very poor educational attainment (ESRI Survey, May 1996).

The IALS also found that 17% of those aged between 16 and 25 years scored at Level 1.

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