According to The International Adult Literacy Survey, one in four Irish adults (25pc) have literacy difficulties. This compares with just 3pc in Sweden.
• Nearly 30pc of the workforce has only a Junior Certificate qualification or less, while 10pc only rely on a primary school education.
• Literacy difficulties in general affect:
-- Those whose ability to learn suffered from poor hearing, vision or speech problems.
-- Those with undiagnosed learning disabilities.
-- Those living in socially deprived areas with a lack of access to education.
-- Those who could not access free secondary education until it became available in 1967.
• The National Adult Literacy Agency provides both confidential one-on-one study and class learning environments throughout the country.
For more information call the National Adult Literacy Agency on 1800 20 20 65 or visit www.nala.ie.