Literacy for the 21st Century – what will PIAAC mean for Ireland?

Event date: 
23 Sep 2013 (All day)
Location: 
Dublin

On 8 October the Central Statistics Office (CSO) will release the Irish results of a landmark OECD survey called PIAAC. PIAAC stands for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. It tests the knowledge and skills of adults in 24 countries, including Ireland. The CSO interviewed over 5,000 people aged 16-65 years old and assessed their literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments. The survey will be comparable to the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and so will provide the new one in four figure for literacy, numeracy and technology.


Before the Irish results of this momentous survey, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is holding an event -  ‘Literacy for the 21st Century – what will PIAAC mean for Ireland?’  Mr William Thorn, Senior Analyst in the Education Directorate of the OECD, will present on PIAAC, followed by speakers looking at the implications for Ireland and responses going forward.The event aims to help all stakeholders in education and training to understand the survey in order to analyse and interpret the results appropriately. The event will be held on Monday 23 September at 2pm in Newman House, Dublin.