NALA Further Education and Training submission

NALA is delighted to provide an input into the review of further education and training set up by the Department of Education and Skills (DES).  This submission sets out how we believe the DES in conjunction with key stakeholders can improve outcomes for adults with literacy difficulties in Ireland in line with the objectives of the National Skills Strategy (NSS). We developed this submission based on our strategic plan (2010) and consultations with adult literacy students, our members and other key players in adult literacy.

Ireland now faces a far more difficult economic situation and much changed labour market.  These circumstances will increase pressure on people who may need greater and more targeted literacy support to take part in society and improve their chances of employment.  Progress will have to be achieved within two parameters:

            - those most in need should receive the most State support, and

            - the value of public investment needs to be maximised.

NALA has outlined what it believes needs to happen to proactively address the critical national challenge of raising adult literacy and numeracy levels in Ireland.  Our submission involves new thinking rather than new funding. It contains three overarching recommendations, in particular on integration and the use of distance and blended learning that will lead to more adults raising their adult literacy levels and contributes to the agenda of the National Recovery Plan by using existing resources more efficiently. It does require however strategic leadership from the DES and genuine partnership working between all stakeholders.

Author
The National Adult Literacy Agency
Date of Publication
Sunday, 20 March, 2011
Publication Category
NALA policy papers and submissions