Adult Basic Education

The Adult Basic Education Service provides literacy and numeracy tuition in a supportive environment for adults who need to develop their skills in reading, writing, spelling, maths and using everyday technology.

Literacy difficulties impact on all aspects of an individual’s life.  Adults often find it difficult to maintain or progress in employment, help children with homework, complete forms, play an active role in their communities or in society. Currently there are over 50,000 adult learners accessing literacy programmes across the country. Literacy plays a role in combating long term unemployment, improving access to further education and training opportunities, breaking the cycle of poverty while building and strengthening communities.

Basic education courses include:

Mainstream Literacy
Adult Learners can avail of classes in reading, writing, spelling, I.T. and everyday maths in small groups. They all start at the beginning and go at the students pace.
Adult learners can also avail of themed literacy courses for example in health, culinary, horticulture or car maintenance while improving literacy skills.


Support is available in basic calculations, budgeting, everyday maths and maths for parents of school going children.


Information Technology
Using everyday technology to communicate and handle information for personal, social or economic reasons.


Family Learning
This programme offers parents the opportunity to enhance their own skills and improve their ability to help their children learn.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
This programme helps adults improve their spoken and written English.


Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education (ITABE)
A 14 week course, 6 hours per week which offers the learner the opportunity to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and numeracy intensively.


Skills for Work
This programme provides tuition to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace e.g. retail sales, communications and I.T.