Adult Literacy

Adult literacy, known locally as the Learning for Living programme, offers tuition to adults who need to build strong foundation skills in reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, numbers and computers. The programme offers learning that is tailored to the needs of each student in a supportive and friendly environment.


Courses can be accredited or non-accredited.

  • Accreditation can be offered though QQI Major and Minor Awards from Level 1 to Level 3.
  • Non-accredited courses are short courses designed to meet specific training needs.


All courses are free.

How to apply

The ETB Adult Literacy Service is available through your nearest FET centre and in some local community/resource centres.  You can join at any stage during the year.  Students and tutors interact on an equal basis and classes focus on the needs of the learner as an individual.

Adult Literacy is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.

Contact Details

County Coordinator
Teresa Kealy
Tel: 074 9153194 / 086 1364352   

FET Centre Buncrana
Adult Literacy Organiser (ALO)
Claire McNicholl
Tel: 074 9362466 / 086 1740684

FET Centre Donegal Town (Drumcliff)
Adult Literacy Organiser (ALO)
Tricia Walsh Gillepsie
Tel: 074 9740181 / 086 8207338 

FET Centre Gort an Choirce
Adult Literacy Organiser (ALO)
Dolores MhicGeidigh
Tel: 074 9180871 / 086 1740677

FET Centre Letterkenny / Milford
Adult Literacy Organiser (ALO)
Emilia Niewulska
Tel: 074 9706097 / 086 1740683

FET Centre Stranorlar
Adult Literacy Organiser (ALO)
Georgina Thompson
Tel: 074 9190610 / 087 7002294

Read Student Stories

Read Theresa’s IT story. 

Contact your local organiser for further information, they will be happy to talk to you and discuss options and locations for delivery

Adult Literacy Programme Supports

The following supports are available while on Adult Literacy Programme