Happy International Literacy Day!

September 8, 2023

International Literacy Day

Today, 8 September, marks International Literacy Day!

Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a human right.

The UNESCO theme for this year ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies. Find out more about Literacy Day and how it is celebrated internationally

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) has lots of ways of how you can mark today. You can brush up on your own reading, writing, maths or technology skills or you can help us to continue to raise awareness of education options across Ireland. Find out more below.

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Raising awareness

Thank you to NALA members and adult education students who are volunteering for local awareness days throughout September.

We were delighted to partner with the Adult Literacy for Life Programme Office and our supporters at An Post to hold awareness days in local post offices around the country today and yesterday. We are also looking forward to the National Ploughing Championships 19 – 21 September. If you spot us at any of these events please do come and say hello.

We are also proud to be part of An Post’s Unlocking Life campaign which aims to raise awareness of unmet reading and writing needs among adults and children and to support the work of those organisations dedicated to addressing the challenge. An Post are partnering with NALA, SOLAS, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), Children’s Books Ireland and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Keep an eye on An Post’s social media or find out more about the campaign here

Can you help us spread the word?

Lots of people struggle with spelling, maths or technology, but there are free ways to improve these skills. You can learn with your local Education and Training Board Centre, or online or over the phone with NALA.
If you, a friend or family member could benefit you can Freephone 1 800 20 2065

Find out more about free courses

Want to Learn with NALA?

There are two ways to learn with us and you can use both.

Learn with a tutor on the phone
We can work with you over the telephone. We call when it suits you – you just tell us when and we keep working with you until you meet your goals.

Learn online
NALA has a range of free, online courses from reading, writing and maths to career preparation and computer skills. You can learn at a pace that suits you and if you want, you can get a national Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) qualification.

To find out more about Learn with NALA call us for free on 1 800 20 20 80

Visit learnwithnala.ie

Want to support people who may have unmet literacy needs?

Take our short Professional Development online course, Understanding literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.

This course will help you to understand the experience and impact of unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs on adults in Irish society. You’ll hear from students about their learning experiences.

Find out more about the course

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