The Adult Literacy Organisers’ Association (ALOA) welcomes and is very much encouraged by the publication today of Adult Literacy For Life (ALL), the first ever 10-year Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Strategy for Ireland.
We were pleased to make our submission to SOLAS last December, detailing our vast experience in the area of adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy in addition to our views on the future requirements to successfully address our country’s Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Skills needs. We understand the significance and impact of these skills in everyday life, as well as a being a foundation for success in education, training and lifelong learning.
“The strategy identifies the barriers and difficulties people face in returning to education and it details the importance of raising awareness and encouraging greater uptake of the services available. The strategy seeks to minimise the digital divide Ireland faces, particularly in the wake of Covid-19. Our members will play a key role in that regard.”, said Kevin Kelly, Chairperson of ALOA.
ALOA also welcomes the recognition of the importance of unaccredited literacy learning, and the recommendation for the development of a distance-travelled.
ALOA has more than two decades of on-the-ground, national experience, and will continue to utilise the skills, knowledge and practice of its membership to implement the strategy and achieve the objectives it sets forth. Our delivery is a part of the Further Education and Training (FET) Service in all 16 Education and Training Boards that have responsibility for implementing the new 10-year strategy to effectively meet the needs of students and adult learners in all counties.
The new 10-year strategy was launched today, 8th September 2021, by Simon Harris T.D., Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.