News from 2009

18 Nov 2009
According to details announced today by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), workers with only a Junior Certificate are four times less likely to benefit from State training and education programmes than workers with a third level qualification. NALA is asking that State investment in the...
11 Nov 2009
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is calling for a refreshed adult literacy strategy following today’s report that revealed ongoing child literacy issues in disadvantaged areas. The report was published by the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) and found that despite an increase in...
24 Sep 2009
'Biomass’, ‘Carbon Credits’ and ‘Sustainable Development’ are just some of the terms explained in a new handy guide launched today, Monday 24 September, 2009. Entitled: ‘From Air Quality to Zero Emissions’ it is hoped that the guide will explain common environmental information in a much more...
21 Sep 2009
A major new campaign, sponsored by An Post that encourages adults to ‘take the first step’ to improve their reading, writing and maths skills was launched today, Monday 21 September in the GPO.Developed in association with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), the literacy awareness drive...
20 May 2009
To mark Family Literacy Day the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in partnership with EBS Building Society have today re-launched a book specially written for parents of young children. Research has shown that up to 30% of primary school children from disadvantaged areas have literacy...
28 Apr 2009
Next Monday on Written Off? Sarah Newman from Dragons’ Den drops in on the students and gives them a lesson in confidence. For all the participants the fear surrounding formal situations has governed their lives, whether it’s avoiding a parent teacher meeting or not going for a job interview....
20 Apr 2009
This Monday on ‘Written Off?’ the students get cooking and hit the farmer’s markets. Chef Clodagh McKenna has been drafted in to show them how to bake bread which they then have to sell. With Thomas, whose wife was hospitalised with Alzheimer’s four years ago, cooking is not something that he...
7 Apr 2009
Ann Boyd hasn’t been in a classroom in 40 years and in episode one of ‘Written Off?’ she confesses how nervous she is, ‘I’m just dying to know what is expected of me. I think that is the scariest part because you just don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve never done anything like this before. I...
6 Apr 2009
‘Written Off?’ is a six- part fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows the lives of eight Irish people trying to change their lives forever. While all the participants come from different parts of the country, have different backgrounds and range in age from 19 to mid-50s, they all have...
1 Apr 2009
Alice Leahy, Director of TRUST, was the first ‘Overall Winner’ at the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards 2009 today for her life’s work in combating social exclusion and providing medical related services for people who are homeless. Alice, who was appointed to the Irish Human Rights...

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