News from May 2010

1 Jun 2010
Going back to education in your forties isn’t easy, especially when you don’t have good memories of school and you’ve spent the last 25 years rearing children. But that’s exactly what mum of eight, Jackie Finney from Castletown, County Meath did and since then she has never looked back. “When my...
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...