Literacy In Ireland
Acording to an O.E.C.D. report published in 1997, 25% of
Irish adults performed at the lowest level of literacy competence.
This together with the estimated 10% of the Irish
population that are dyslexic, paints a very distresssing picture.
Some may not be able to read or write others may be
quite competent in others areas of their lives, but will be unable to fill forms
or do the things we take for granted every day.
This affects every aspect of their everyday life they
get very disillusioned to the fact that they can't read to their children when
they are young and help them with their home work.
Some will be worried as they may loose there job if the
boss finds out, others will be terrified because they will not want their work
mates to know.
They also have very low self-esteem. It takes a lot of
courage for a person with a difficulty to come and tell some one. That is why it
is brilliant that most Centers and Schools run literacy programs and those are
very confidential and the tutors are very understanding and give there time
It is a big problem for people with the difficulty as
they keep it secret from family and friends and they will almost do anything to
Imagine you are living in a country abroad and unable to
follow directions and read labels on food or go to the chemist to get something,
think of how you feel lost.
Most peoples learning difficulty start in school.
It may be due to a child being sick for a few weeks
and out of school and unable to catch up when they return.
It may be due to a Mother or Father dying and the trauma
of the loss and the child may never gets over it.
It also may due to the fact they are dyslexics and is
not picked up by their parents or their school and it goes unnotice.
We need as a people to understand that they are children
getting through the system of education and they are unable to read or write,
through no fault of their own.
There is no shame in having a difficulty but peoples
actuates have to change. We must put ourselves in the situation of the people
with a difficulty to understand there low self worth and their low
For anyone out there that has the pleasure of reading
this page with no difficulty give a thought to all the people in our country
that cant, why not become a tutor for people with a learning difficulty?. Why
not contact your local school or centre and ask if you can help?
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