News from May 2010

28 May 2010
Although different ages and from different backgrounds the recent recession has given the three men something in common. Faced with continued unemployment they have all gone back to education to improve their basic skills. Tom from Bennetsbridge, was made redundant from a manufacturing job in a...
19 May 2010
Review of the NALA Family Learning Conference 2010 “Family Learning to Learn is fantastic for raising parents’ confidence and skills because it demonstrates that learning can be learned and the reason they ‘failed’ in the past was because the teaching didn’t help them to learn effectively”...
10 May 2010
Watch episode one: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1072457 In Programme one, we meet four very different teenagers from Coolock. Paul, Chantelle and Chez all struggled in the traditional education system and dropped out of school early with very poor...
10 May 2010
“The biggest problem with not being able to read and write is that people will find out the problem – you just build up a fear in yourself. You just don’t want anyone to know,” says Tom Flynn from Knocklong, Co. Limerick who features in a new RTE TV series ‘Stuck for Words’. Like many people his...
10 May 2010
Most of us take reading and writing for granted, but for thousands of Irish people it’s a constant struggle. Anita Hopkins from the north inner city in Dublin is one such person. She left school at 12 with very poor reading and writing skills, to work in a sewing factory. She worked there for 17...
1 May 2010
As overall winners, Wicklow’s Liter-a-Teen project was today given €10,000 to further develop and publish their research which identifies the specific literacy-based needs of teenagers. Findings from the project will be shared with other adult literacy tutors and will help to influence good...