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Enabling Literacy Access for International Protection Applicants Dundalk

Addressing unmet literacy needs among International Protection Applicants (IPAs) in Louth.

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People seeking international protection are marginalised due to poor English language skills or unmet literacy needs. This project found creative ways to address these needs among International Protection Applicants living in Louth.

Activities took place in Ait na nDaoine Community Project House, Dundalk Media Centre, Dundalk FM studios, and the Dundalk Carnbeg Accommodation Centre for International Protection Applicants.

40 IPAs attended creative writing classes, numeracy classes, digital workshops, and media literacy workshops between August and December 2023. Learners published stories and poems, broadcast 12 bilingual radio programmes, and explored Ireland’s literary heritage.

This project had a very positive impact on learner's functional literacy. Project activities covered reading, writing, pronunciation, and speaking skills, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

This project was the result of a collaboration between Ait na nDaoine, Dundalk Media Centre, and Louth and Meath Education and Training Board.

For more information, please contact Niamh McShane, Louth and Meath Regional Literacy Coordinator at 

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