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ERIC Number: EJ874269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
Adult Literacy Then and Now: An ALO's Perspective
Vaughan, Gretta
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p78-84 2004
It would be easy to forget at this point, given that Adult Literacy has attained a status and respectability within the Adult Education sector previously undreamt of, that it was once a movement, campaigning on a platform of human rights. This article discusses adult literacy's past and present from the perspective of the Adult Literacy Organisers. It describes the roles of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and the ALO in the adult literacy sector. The development of the ALO network in 1996 gave a much needed lifeline of networking and communications to organisers, affording them an opportunity to exchange ideas, communicate information, and disseminate models of good practice. The Adult Literacy Organisers Association (ALOA) at the national level provides a voice for organisers through the networks structure and ensures that issues and ideas at grassroots level are communicated upwards and at the very least receive a hearing on DES committees in areas affecting basic education. The author points out that ALO's role in the future development of the literacy service is crucial and it can only enhance the quality of provision if their contribution through this avenue is supported and encouraged. Many of the new initiatives that now impinge on the work of the Adult Literacy service are currently being developed outside of it and the values and ethos which served the movement and its members so well are undoubtedly under threat. However, it must be remembered that the guiding principles embodied in the Quality Framework developed by NALA encapsulate the ethical framework on which the service is based and provide the yardstick by which new initiatives can be measured. What must not be forgotten is that the whole thing began with the basic education needs of learners. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland