To celebrate International Literacy Day, we are delighted to invite you to a webinar that will explore the importance of literacy, numeracy and digital skills in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people struggled with understanding and accessing information, including key messages about public health information and employment supports. For those with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital skills needs, it was especially challenging. Latest statistics show that COVID-19 has impacted most on workers who have experience of educational and wider inequalities resulting in a lack of educational qualifications.
The pandemic has shed a light on the pivotal importance of strong literacy, numeracy and digital skills. We are living in an information age that requires understanding of how to access and understand health messages and government information about changing behaviours to keep us safe. We are accessing more services over the phone and online and using critical thinking skills to combat misinformation and lies. It is not good enough that 18% of Irish adults struggle with these skills and we can do better. By investing in adult literacy, we can build a more equal, resilient and happier society.
At our webinar, we have a range of speakers who will discuss this and the Government’s new 10-year adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills strategy that will be developed in the coming months.
During the week we are also hosting a series of adult literacy webinars for tutors, focused on reading. We will look at areas such as building reading relationships, family reading and strategies for teaching reading.
Reading for pleasure and reading together
11 am Tuesday 8 September
Helping families to find space in the everyday to build reading skills
11 am Wednesday 9 September
Strategies and approaches for teaching reading
11 am Thursday 10 September
Building reading relationships between adults and children
11 am Friday 11 September