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Adult Literacy for Life

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Adult Literacy for Life

Why literacy?

Literacy touches every aspect of our lives and has a great influence on our well-being. It is more than reading and writing. It’s being able to understand, use and act on information. It involves listening, speaking and using everyday technology and the internet to communicate and handle information.

Literacy allows us to fully engage in society and be active citizens. It provides us with opportunities and is essential to developing an equal society. Literacy is a human right. 

Literacy affects everyone.

In Ireland, more than 500,000 people have unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs. This means they may be unable to fill in a form, vote, read instructions on medicines, add up a bill, help kids with homework or search the web for information. This can negatively impact their confidence and prevent them from participating fully in society.

Most people with unmet literacy needs can read a little but may find it hard to understand certain types of information or deal with modern technology. Every day we are faced with increasingly complex literacy tasks to participate in daily life. Many of us will struggle with literacy-related issues at different times in our lives.

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