Major 10-year adult literacy campaign commences

Minister recently published an Adult Literacy for Life – a 10-year adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy strategy

People with unmet literacy needs in Cavan and Monaghan are being encouraged to avail of free services as roll out of major 10-year adult literacy campaign commences.

Minister Simon Harris recently published an Adult Literacy for Life – a 10-year adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy strategy. The Strategy aims to ensure that every adult has the necessary literacy, numeracy and digital literacy to fully engage in society and realise their potential.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said: “This campaign is about reaching out to our fellow citizens, many of whom feel like they have been left behind as the country surges into a technologically complex century.

“We might consider ourselves a modern and educated society, but there are still far too many who feel isolated, and too many who do not know how to learn these vital skills.

“It is not right that there are people in every county, including Cavan and Monaghan, who dread having to check a bill, read a medical document, go online to access a service, or even send a message over whatsapp. It is simply not right that too many of these people are afraid to ask for help.

“With this campaign, we are determined to address these problems head on and make Ireland a more inclusive, equitable and, ultimately, a kinder society for everyone.”

The Strategy makes a number of commitments including:

- Increasing in the number of learners engaging with literacy and language support by 20,000 by expanding the range of courses available over the first half of the strategy’s lifetime;

- Reduce the number of people adults in Ireland with unmet literacy needs, from 18% to 7%.

- Reduce the number of adults in Ireland with unmet numeracy needs from 25% to 12%;

- Reduce the share of adults in Ireland without basic digital skills from 47% to 20%.

There is a range of services available in your county through the Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board, with adult education providers available in Cavan Town, Ballyjamesduff and Monaghan. They are free of charge and aim to help people with reading, writing and digital skills.

Minister Harris added: “All you have to do is either phone of drop into your local Education and Training Board, or freephone the National Adult Literacy Agency on 1800 20 20 65.

“Phone lines are open 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday or text: ‘LEARN’ to 50050 and they will call you back.”

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