Battle against illiteracy needs some much bolder initiatives

Battle against illiteracy needs some much bolder initiatives

An amazing 17.9 per cent of our adult population find it hard to read a form, a medicine bottle or an instruction manual. It’s time to tackle the problem

In a country once famed as ‘the land of saints and scholars’, it may surprise many to learn that one in six Irish adults is functionally illiterate. Functional illiteracy means someone can have difficulty reading material such as an application form or a medicine bottle or an instruction manual. The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) puts the figure at 17.9 per cent of our adult population. This isn’t just an educational issue, it is a matter of equality and access. It also should be a national cause.

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