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Supporting adults to think critically and check facts

September 28, 2021

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World launch Facts Matter: A Guide to Building Critical Media Literacy in Today’s World, Ireland’s first guide for adult literacy tutors on building critical media literacy for adults. Irish Aid supported the development of this guide.

Launched as part of the UN International Day for Universal Access to Information, access to reliable information is a right, not a privilege. It is an essential part of holding governments and public bodes accountable for their decisions and actions on health issues, climate change and more, particularly during an era where we are bombarded everyday by information, a lot of which is false or misleading – this is often called an ‘infodemic’.

This an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy. It consists of 10 session outlines along with handouts and worksheets and lists of resources.

Colleen Dube, Chief Executive Officer, NALA commented: “There is so much information available at our fingertips right now, a lot of which is false or misleading. We require skills to work out if what we are reading or hearing is true or false. This means taking the time to find reliable and accurate information, question the role of information and look at what can I do.  Today we are delighted to launch the Facts Matter tutor guide with our partners 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World. This guide will support adult literacy and adult education practitioners to support students to enhance their critical thinking, media and digital citizenship skills.”

Tony Daly, Co-ordinator of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, said: “Media literacy is not confined to ‘reading’ the news; it is also about practice and producing your own responses. We must keep questioning and remember to stop, think and check before we believe or share. We know facts and truth matter if we want to build a better society and a better world.  The Facts Matter tutor guide will support adult literacy tutors to explore what it means to live in an increasingly unequal world and to invite students to question and challenge this.”

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Join our webinar on Facts Matter

Tuesday 29 September at 1pm

NALA is delighted to launch a new tutor guide at this webinar, with our partners ’80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World’.

Register now

Download and read Facts Matter

Facts Matter is an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy.

Download Facts Matter

Notes to Editors

About NALA: www.nala.ie

The National Adult Literacy Agency is an independent charity committed to making sure people with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs can fully take part in society and have access to literacy learning opportunities that meet their needs. NALA promotes media literacy

About 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World: https://8020.ie

80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is a non-governmental organisation that promotes popular education on human development and human rights through education & action projects, research and partnership work. 80:20 believes in using education to enable people to change their world for the better.

NALA and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World are members of Media Literacy Ireland, an independent association of members committed to promotion of media literacy across Ireland.

www.medialiteracyireland.ie

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