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September 26, 2007

National Adult Literacy Awareness Week 2007


A major new TV and cinema advertising campaign has been launched to coincide with the National Adult Literacy Awareness Week 2007 which runs from September 24th - 28th. The advertisements profile three individuals who have overcome their difficulties with reading, writing and working with numbers and are intended to encourage people with literacy difficulties to make contact with service providers by ringing the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) freephone support line.

Freephone support line

  • The freephone support line number is 1800 20 20 65 for use only in Ireland.

  • It is a free and confidential service.

  • The freephone line is open from Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

  • Outside of these hours there is an answering machine service.


According to the last international survey about half a million Irish adults have problems with basic reading, writing and maths. All over Ireland, lots of people are returning to learning and improving their reading, writing and maths. They are people who want to catch up on what they missed at school, parents who want to help children with their homework and those who would simply like to write a letter home. Whatever the reason for going back to learning, the benefits are always the same. Not only do people improve their old skills, but they also gain the confidence to learn new ones.

The main providers of adult basic education (ABE) support in Ireland are Vocational Education Committees (VEC) Adult Literacy Schemes. There are about 126 such Schemes throughout the country and each VEC employs an Adult Literacy Organiser (ALO) to organise ABE support in their local area.

For further information contact:
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)
76 Lower Gardiner Street
Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 855 4332

County Kildare
kildareVEC_Logo1.jpgThere are four adult literacy schemes run by Co. Kildare V.E.C. They are financed by the Department of Education & Science, through the Adult Literacy and Community Education budget administered by the V.E.C.  The scheme is affiliated to the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).
The Adult Basic and Community Education Centre in Naas provides a facility for adults who wish to return to education. They offer a wide variety of courses in an informal and friendly environment. Help is available with reading, writing, spelling and maths. Tuition is provided on an individual basis or in small groups of 3-5 people. The service is FREE and is offered in a confidential and informal atmosphere. Childcare provision is available for morning classes.

  • Do you need help with your reading or spelling?

  • Does form filling cause a problem?

  • Would you like to improve your English?

  • Do you know someone with these difficulties?

If yes contact any of the schemes listed below, in confidence:

Athy  Adult Learning Centre
Nelson House, 16 Nelson Street, Athy, Co. Kildare.
Telephone :059-8632460

Leixlip Adult Learning Centre
The Cornmill
Mill Lane
Co. Kildare
Tel: 01-6246528

Kildare Town Adult Learning Scheme
Abbeyview House, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare.
Telephone :045-522003

Naas Adult English Scheme
Naas Adult Basic Education Centre, Jigginstown, Naas, Co. Kildare.
Telephone :045-866314