Adult Literacy for Life (ALL)

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.


Click here for more information on Adult Literacy for Life.


ALOA Webinar Series 2021

ALOA recently hosted a series of webinars on topics related to and supporting the work of Adult Literacy Officers.

Session 1: Family Learning

Session 2: Building Resilience for Remote Working

Session 3: Recognition of Prior Learning

The webinars will be available this Autumn in the ETBI Digital Library.


We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our wonder colleagues and the tuition staff in Limerick Clare ETB and also to Maria Riordan, City of Dublin ETB for her excellent presentation on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Pictured is Professor Sabina Brennan, who shared some of her valuable insights with regard to Building resilience to effectively navigate remote working.

Aontas Star award nomination: CDETB Coolock Darndale ALS

Congratulations to ALO Fionnuala Carter and the Coolock Darndale Adult Literacy Service on their nomination for an Aontas Star award. Their website is not only a great place for learner voice expression, but also has been a great resource as they negotiate the closures during Covid-19. Congratulations and best of luck!

See the website here: http://www.coolockals.ie/


The ALOA submission on the ALNDS Strategy

The ALOA thanks their regional membership for their input into our submission on the Adult Literacy, Numeracy & Digital Skills Strategy. The submission will be circulated through the regions next month.




Get Connected with KWETB!

KWETB recently rolled out the Get Connected programme! Offering a webinar invitation across ETBs, it was well attended and had very positive feedback from tutors in attendance. See all links to resources below.

Link to tutor resource here:https://view.genial.ly/5ef9f0605bbf600d7ea18a08

Link to learner site here:


Link to the tutor notes: file:///C:/Users/Gwen/AppData/Local/Packages/microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe/LocalState/Files/S0/4/Attachments/Get%20Connected%20Tutor%20Notes%2023.07[10995].pdf


Farewell Alison

The ALOA executive would like to thank Alison Jones for her incredible work on behalf of the ALOs, and adult literacy in Ireland, as she steps down. She has chaired the group with great leadership and good humour over the years. It has been a pleasure to work with you Alison! She leaves the executive in the safe hands of Chair Kevin Kelly (GRETB) and Vice Chair Ceinwen Fergus (CMETB). Plenty of work to do and the new executive look forward to supporting them as they take up their roles.

GRETB ESOL resources

GRETB have developed a youtube playlist and books series for ESOL learners

Visit the playlists here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuCex-1C8uek1_lkoKZ3i5Q

Books in the series include:

  • A song I like
  • Coming to Ireland levels A1/ A2 and B1/B2
  • Recipes from around the World
  • English Idioms
  • Where I’m from
  • Fifty Word stories
  • Tips for Learning English

Learn Online with TETB


Learn Online is a resource to support reading, writing, listening, comprehension and vocabulary development.


Literacy on the Loose

LCETB were involved in the recent Literacy on the Loose seminar with Trinity College Dublin. Check out their contribution ‘Literacy on the Television’ here: