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1 Feb 2009
Research released today revealed that 89% of respondents would prefer if banks used less financial jargon and more plain English in their communications. The research, commissioned by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in partnership with the EBS Building Society, also found that over a...
1 Feb 2009
According to the last international survey, 50% of Irish people have less than the minimum level of literacy skills needed to function effectively in a modern society. About 25% of those surveyed performed at the lowest level, which indicates that up to 25% of the Irish adult population could have...
1 Nov 2008
The study, ‘It’s never too late to learn’, was conducted by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). It highlights how engagement with adult literacy services is a positive adjustment in the lives of older learners with literacy difficulties. In the majority of cases, it results in improved...
1 Nov 2008
The Askme3 questions, What is my problem? What do I need to do? and Why is it important for me to do this?, were developed by an international health literacy organisation and have been adopted by the Irish health literacy initiative which is led by healthcare company, Merck Sharp & Dohme...
1 Nov 2008
Last week, NALA launched the first phase of this research that provided a fascinating insight into older learner’s experience of formal education, the impact literacy difficulties had on their family and working lives, and the coping strategies they used to disguise their literacy difficulties. The...
1 Nov 2008
Ms Bailey was speaking in advance of a cross-border conference ‘Making it work: integrating essential skills and literacy into training and further education’. The aim of the conference is to inform education and training providers about how to integrate course-related literacy and numeracy...
1 Oct 2008
“This is once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone who wants the chance to change their lives around,” said Tom O’Mara, NALA. “All over Ireland there are people who have so much to offer but often feel held back because they don’t have good literacy skills. When I say literacy I mean reading,...
1 Sep 2008
The increase in adults participating in literacy courses comes a year after An Post sponsored and launched a major TV, radio and cinema public awareness campaign called ‘Take the first step’. The advertisements profile three individuals who have overcome their difficulties with reading, writing and...

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