Ireland Recognizes Adult Literacy
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on May 12, 2020 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Ireland’s two major political parties, drafted a document providing a government framework for post COVID-19 actions. This document identifies 10 key areas of focus to assist in negotiating a concise plan of recovery after the pandemic.

Among the 10 key missions, adult literacy was highlighted on page 17 under Opportunities for Education and Research:

“Ensure that no adult is left behind, with a strong emphasis on adult literacy, digital and numeracy skills.”

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) adult skills survey, one in six adults in Ireland score at or below level one in literacy, and one in four adults score at or below level one in numeracy. These adults may be unable to understand written information or solve problems using technology on a basic level.

By recognizing adult literacy as an immediate need for post pandemic recovery, Ireland is recognizing the impact that an emphasis on adult literacy can take on a government, economy, and the workforce.


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