News from 2013

4 Dec 2013
NALA has been running a Distance Learning Service since 2000. This Service is designed to provide learning opportunities to adults who wish to improve their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills from the comfort of their own home. Support is provided to learners through the post, over the telephone and...
3 Dec 2013
The Director of the National Adult Literacy Agency, Inez Bailey, has today welcomed the latest OECD PISA results for 15 year olds in Ireland but highlighted the need to support those who showed poor literacy skills. The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international...
3 Dec 2013
The latest OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results show that in 2012, Ireland’s 15-year-olds are among the best OECD countries in reading and are performing significantly above the OECD average in mathematics and science.  These results show significant improvements in...
27 Nov 2013
Healthcare professionals across the country are being called upon today to begin preparing their entries for the 2014 annual Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards ahead of the 7th of February closing date next year. Established in 2007, the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards is the longest...
7 Nov 2013
Michael Power with Donal Connell at the launch of Take the First Step advertising campaign in 2007.
The Better Together Business Award is given to outstanding companies in Ireland that support good causes. And here in the National Adult Literacy Agency we think An Post deserve this award because quite simply, they've been outstanding. For 6 years, An Post has funded a TV advertising campaign to...
5 Nov 2013
NALA cheer on thousands of young readers in more than 540 schools for MS READaTHON 2013 Reading is at a peak with thousands of young people and children reading thousands of books for the 26th MS READaTHON. More than 540 schools around the country have signed up to read and raise funds for people...
10 Oct 2013
Success is increasingly about building skills beyond formal education Countries showing higher levels of participation in organised adult learning activities also demonstrate higher literacy and numeracy skills. The large variation among countries at similar levels of economic development suggests...
8 Oct 2013
A new OECD survey shows that almost 18% or about 1 in 6, Irish adults are at or below level 1 on a five level literacy scale. Ireland ranks 15 out of 24 participating countries. At this level a person may be unable to understand basic written information. 25% of Irish adults score at or below level...
7 Oct 2013
Inez Bailey is Director of the National Adult Literacy Agency
The results of the Adult Skills Survey show the bulk of Irish people aged 16-65 have below average literacy and numeracy skills when compared to 24 OECD countries. Despite increasing school and college attainment amongst the population, it appears we are not maintaining our literacy and numeracy...
7 Oct 2013
In preparation for the new survey PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) there are many documents available on the OECD website at http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac/. Below are key points taken from this data. PIAAC...

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