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Keep IT Lit

Digital literacy courses for adults in Dublin.

Keep IT Lit Group Pictire

"I thought it was wonderful. I loved everything about it. I had forgotten I was capable of doing something. I had told myself that I was too old.” Quote from participant

“The women want to do more now, they want to do more things like that. To actually get involved.” Quote from facilitator

This project improved digital literacy and language skills among adults in Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard. 13 Travellers, 16 senior citizens, and and five Ukrainian migrants took part in the project.

Classes took place in various locations throughout Ballyfermot. The Ukrainian group used the Equine Centre in Cherry Orchard, while senior citizens used nursing home facilities in Maryfield. The Traveller group used the Ballyfermot Civic Centre and Markiewicz Community Centre.  

The project ran between September and November 2023. Women in the Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project (BETAP) attended a creative writing course. Older adults attended a digital tablet IT course in the Maryfield/ Glenaulin nursing home. Ukrainians attended an English language and creative writing course.

Learners could talk about their fears, struggles, and society’s pressures thanks to creative writing classes. This project also allowed learners to write poetry and perform on stage for their family and friends.

These courses improved learners' literacy skills, and increased their openness to lifelong learning and development.     

Participants take part in the Keep IT Lit programme.

This project was the result of a collaboration between Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership and City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).

For more information about the project, please contact Andrew Connolly, CDETB Regional Literacy Coordinator at

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