Literacy changes lives:
Why we need to work together to close the nation’s literacy gap
In Ireland, 500,000 adults have problems reading and writing. Even more have difficulty doing basic math. This has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities. It also costs public services, businesses and the economy millions each year. This seminar will highlight why we need to work together to help close the nation’s literacy gap and to create a more inclusive society.
Registration will open at 10am and the event will start at 10.30am.
Speakers and topics:
- Introduction and MC: Joe Little, Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent, RTÉ News and Current Affairs
- Low literacy costs, high literacy pays – Why good literacy skills are fundamental to the life chances of each citizen and to the development of an equal society: Dr Inez Bailey, Chief Executive, National Adult Literacy Agency
- The personal consequences: Brian O’Donnell, Adult Literacy Student, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB) and Galina Moraru, Adult Literacy Student, Kildare and Wicklow ETB
- Health literacy and health inequality in Ireland: Professor Donal O’Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist
- Family, society and community: Jason Vit, Head of Literacy Hubs at the National Literacy Trust in the UK
- Literacy in the workplace: Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive, SOLAS and Sylvia Caldwell, Learning and Development Manager, Keelings
- What’s next? – Developing a 10 year whole-of-government and whole-of-society framework for literacy in Ireland: Dr Shana Cohen, Director, Think-tank for Action on Social Change (TASC)