At our AGM John Walshe talked about how we need to change the way we look at further education and training.
“I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have views on education,” says John Walshe, who spoke at the NALA AGM in April.
John was special adviser to Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he was involved in... more
by Catherine Byrne, City of Dublin Education Service to Prisons
In Cloverhill Prison in October we celebrated Maths Week 2014. The education unit organised a series of events, in partnership with the Red Cross Community Based Health... more
Mary Walsh O’Shea, Adult Literacy Coordinator New Ross/Bunclody, WWETB
With a theme name, reading and writing strategies for teaching, the day started out with the three speakers giving some relevant information. Maxine Burton, the first... more
By John O'Driscoll
As adult and further education tutors the challenge of teaching numeracy and mathematics cannot be underestimated. Too often the emphasis is on calculation and application and less so on inspiration and exploration.
However, one advantage of operating in the adult education sector is that it... more
by Sorcha Moran, Numeracy tutor and trainer with Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB
Ever find that when you get a new pair of shoes that you feel revived, refreshed, and can take on the world again with a... more
by Anne Marie O’Neill, Youth Training and Development Centre, Newbridge
Logarithms! The mere mention of this subject can send your friends running for the hills and once strong and healthy men into crumbling wrecks rocking back and forward in the corner ... ok, slight exaggeration, but close enough. So why was it,... more
Viva la Revolution!
Distance learning happens whenever a learner is separated from instructors by time or space. NALA's Distance Learning Service (DLS) has been running since 2000 and changing annually to reflect new learner demands. Each year, we support between 450 and 600 adult... more
by Fergus Dolan, Literacies Development Officer, NALA
In 2008 an Irish government report called for a national English language policy and framework for legally resident adult immigrants. The report was commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Integration with the Department... more
by Inez Bailey, Director, NALA
The results from the new OECD Adult Skills Survey (PIAAC–Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) showed that 18% of Irish people, aged 16 – 65, scored at or below Level 1 in terms of their literacy skills, the lowest... more