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To celebrate International Literacy Day yesterday, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) was delighted to be joined by learners and tutors from around the country at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Our celebration featured learner stories and poems and a presentation ceremony of QQI Awards and Certificates to adult learners.

Huge congratulations to all learners who received their awards and thank you to all our attendees and speakers. Read more about our learner celebration

We also were proud to launch our new book 'LEGEND's featuring stories from the lives of 15 of Ireland’s great sport stars, edited by Patricia Scanlan and published by New Island. Thousands of copies of the book and workbook 'Legends Matter' will be provided for free to adults who are attending courses to improve their reading and writing skills and will also be available to borrow from all libraries in Ireland. ‘LEGENDS’ is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Find out more about 'LEGENDS'

NALA is continuing our celebration of International Literacy Day throughout September under the UNESCO theme of ‘Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces’Join us at one of our webinars or events that look at how literacy learning is occurring beyond traditional ‘education’ spaces such as in workplaces, communities, families and libraries.

If you or anyone you know would like to brush up on reading, writing, maths or technology, call us on Freephone 1800 20 20 65 or text LEARN to 50050.

Thank you again for your continued support. 

Kind regards,

From all the team at the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

September webinars and events
Online plain English training
14 September, 9.30am - 1.30pm

Do you find it difficult to develop clear reports, policies, promotional, training or web materials? If so our online plain English training might be for you. Plain English is a style of writing and layout that the intended reader can understand after a single reading.
Register now
Webinar: Addressing health literacy needs
14 September, 1pm - 2pm

This webinar for healthcare professionals will cover Irish findings from a new European health literacy survey, a new eLearning health literacy course created by the Irish Cancer Society and how an Irish hospital is delivering literacy-friendly services.
Register now

Webinar: Literacy for liberation
15 September, 11am - 12pm

This webinar for the community and voluntary sector will give an overview of adult literacy and highlight the unique position of the community and voluntary sector to champion adult literacy through using a literacy friendly-friendly approach and referring to literacy supports.
Register now
Webinar: Family learning in Ireland
21 September, 1pm - 2pm

This webinar is for those interested in the area of family learning in Ireland. We will present some recent research about family literacy and will hear from one of Ireland's leading family literacy experts, Mary Flanagan from Clare ETB.
Register now
Event: Digital literacy in adult education
22 September, 9.30am - 1pm

This in person event Digital literacy in adult education at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin will provide adult educators an introduction to the ABEDiLi and Train the trainer programme. It will also explore digital tools in two workshops.
Register now
Webinar: Libraries supporting adult literacy
28 September, 1pm - 2pm

At this webinar Trish Nolan, Carlow Librarian will talk about her project to make Carlow a 'Literacy Friendly County'. Patricia Scanlan, author and former librarian, will talk about the publication of ‘LEGENDS’ and Joan Ward from the LGMA who will share what the Right to Read campaign is doing to support adult literacy and emerging readers.
Register now


If you would like to see video recordings of recent NALA webinars, they are available to watch on NALA’s YouTube channel.

Visit NALA's YouTube channel

NALA is hiring a Learn with NALA Support Officer.

The Learn with NALA Support Officer will play a pivotal role in supporting NALA’s Learn with NALA services for adults to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.

Learn with NALA provides learning services to adult learners with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs through a Freephone, an over the phone Tutoring Service and an online learning platform. Adult learners access these services directly through NALA or through registered centres on NALA’s online learning platform.

Apply by Friday 23 September. 

Find out more about the Learn with NALA Support Officer role

Help us make a difference by becoming a member of NALA. 

NALA is committed to making sure people with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.

By becoming a member of NALA you can be a part of this life changing work. You will receive our monthly e-zine where you will be kept up to date on literacy issues.

You can sign up for a free individual membership or we have three types of paid membership with additional benefits.

Become a member of NALA

If you are already a member of NALA we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. 

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