Adult Literacy trends and the economic downturn in Ireland

July 13th, 2009 by Maria Moriarty

I was born in Ireland, and although I have lived in Canada for far more years than I ever lived in Ireland I still like to stay in touch with my first home  by reading the Irish Times newspaper a couple of times a week.    I was surprised today to find two very interesting pieces about  recent trends in adult literacy in Ireland that I just have to share .

The first Men lead increase in numbers contacting adult literacy agency looks at how the recent economic downturn has resulted in a real increase in the number of men seeking entry to literacy programs ,and the second  Case study: “We were taught to count up a week’s wages and write our name tells the story of one laid- off construction worker and his return to learning.

According to  the Irish National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) it looks as though the financial crisis  and the enormous job losses that followed are having  a real impact on participation in adult literacy programs in Ireland- I wonder if we will soon see this trend emerging in Ontario and across Canada??

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