Press release: Supporting adults to think critically, check facts and tackle misinformation

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World launch Facts Matter: A Guide to Building Critical Media Literacy in Today’s World, Ireland’s first guide for adult literacy tutors on building critical media literacy for adults, supported in its development by Irish Aid.

Launched as part of the UN International Day for Universal Access to Information, access to reliable information is a right, not a privilege. It is an essential part of holding governments and public bodes accountable for their decisions and actions on health issues, climate change and more, particularly during an era where we are bombarded everyday by information, a lot of which is false or misleading – this is often called an ‘infodemic’.

This an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy. It consists of 10 session outlines along with handouts and worksheets and lists of resources.

Colleen Dube, Chief Executive Officer, NALA commented: “There is so much information available at our fingertips right now, a lot of which is false or misleading. We require skills to work out if what we are reading or hearing is true or false. This means taking the time to find reliable and accurate information, question the role of information and look at what can I do.  Today we are delighted to launch the Facts Matter tutor guide with our partners 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World. This guide will support adult literacy and adult education practitioners to support students to enhance their critical thinking, media and digital citizenship skills.”

Tony Daly, Co-ordinator of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, said: “Media literacy is not confined to ‘reading’ the news; it is also about practice and producing your own responses. We must keep questioning and remember to stop, think and check before we believe or share. We know facts and truth matter if we want to build a better society and a better world.  The Facts Matter tutor guide will support adult literacy tutors to explore what it means to live in an increasingly unequal world and to invite students to question and challenge this.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Join our launch webinar on Facts Matter on Tuesday 28 September at 1pm (online) with our partners NALA with journalists, educators and students alike.
  • To access Facts Matters and support materials, visit https://8020.ie/facts-matter/

About NALA: www.nala.ie

The National Adult Literacy Agency is an independent charity committed to making sure people with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs can fully take part in society and have access to literacy learning opportunities that meet their needs. NALA promotes media literacy

About 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World: https://8020.ie

80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is a non-governmental organisation that promotes popular education on human development and human rights through education & action projects, research and partnership work. 80:20 believes in using education to enable people to change their world for the better.

  • NALA and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World are members of Media Literacy Ireland, an independent association of members committed to promotion of media literacy across Ireland.

www.medialiteracyireland.ie

Launch event 28 Sept: Facts Matter – New tutor guide

We are bombarded everyday by information, a lot of which is false or misleading – this is often called an ‘infodemic’.

We require skills to work out if what we are reading or hearing is true or false. This means taking the time to find reliable and accurate information, question it and ask yourself ‘what can I do?’

On Tuesday 28 September at 1pm, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is delighted to launch a new tutor guide, Facts Matter: A Guide to Building Critical Media Literacy in Today’s World at this webinar, with our partners The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

Join Helen Ryan from NALA and Tony Daly from 80:20 to hear about developing the guide and also hear from:

  • Catherine Devlin, Adult Literacy Ambassador, talking about why facts matter
  • Órla Ryan from TheJournal.ie, talking about how we can fight back against misinformation
  • Joan Fitzpatrick, Adult Literacy practitioner from Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board, talking about teaching and facilitating learning on media literacy
Register for the launch event, taking place online via Zoom

‘Facts Matter’ is an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy.

Once you register at the link you will then receive an email from Zoom with a link to join the 1-hour webinar on 28th September 2021.

For more, visit https://8020.ie/facts-matter/

  • The production of Facts Matter has been supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Call for participants: Perinatal Mental Health Care for Migrant Women

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick in partnership with 80:20 Educating for a Better World, are undertaking a research project in the area of perinatal mental health care for migrant women. The research project aims to increase our understanding of how we can collectively support migrant women experiencing perinatal mental health issues.

Women are at risk of developing an acute onset, relapse or re-occurrence of a wide range of mental health conditions, during the perinatal mental health period (during pregnancy and in the year after birth). The evidence highlights that migrant women are a particularly vulnerable group that face greater mental health needs during the perinatal period (during and after pregnancy) and experience a range of challenges, which may prevent them accessing perinatal mental health supports.

Call for expressions of interest!

We are seeking expressions of interest to participate in an online (zoom) World Café event, which will last approximately 2.5 hours. World cafés are informal opportunities that encourage conversations, sharing of ideas and networking opportunities. We invite you to share your experiences, perspectives and opinions on perinatal mental health care for migrant women. Our aim is to contribute to improving how we support migrant women experiencing perinatal mental health problems.

You are welcome to join any one of the three sessions taking place at 2pm on:

  • Friday 13th August
  • Friday 3rd September
  • Wednesday 15th September

If you can think of anyone who might be interested in making their voice heard on these matters, we would be very grateful if our call for participants could be passed onto them. We would also be grateful if you could place our attached flyer on your notice/information board (if appropriate). If you are interested in participating, please register by emailing kathleen.markey@ul.ie or claire.odonnell@ul.ie.

This research project is supported by the Research Council of Ireland.

80:20 joins The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland

“The fairest and most effective way to end this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. But pharmaceutical company monopolies could leave countries in the global south waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination. This leaves us all in danger from new variants which may make current vaccines ineffective.”

Last month on the 8th July, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World joined the launch of The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland.

The campaign is based on four immediate realities in 2021:

  1. The science is clear: The fairest and most effective way to end this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to COVID-19 vaccines.
  2. Global access to COVID-19 vaccines is also in our self-interest as ongoing outbreaks anywhere mean greater risk of new variants developing against which our vaccines may not be effective.
  3. There simply is no way to defeat COVID-19 in Ireland without united action worldwide. But pharmaceutical company monopolies could leave countries in the global south waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination and this is where we would ask for your support.
  4. In order to produce sufficient vaccines for everyone globally, we need to greatly increase manufacturing capacity and all suitably qualified vaccine manufacturers must be permitted to produce vaccines free from patents and pharmaceutical companies must agree to share their know-how. We need a People’s Vaccine.

As a member of the Alliance and as a development and human rights education NGO, 80:20 will continue to challenge the fault lines of inequalities amplified under a global pandemic through our education and action work.

For more, check out the The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland. campaign pages and the Covid-19 Dashboard on developmenteducation.ie

If interested in following up with us, drop us a line.

Join us! Trustees, Treasurer, Finance Administrator roles

A number of new opportunities have opened in May to join 80:20.

These include:

  • Treasurer (closing date: Monday 24th May 2021)
  • Trustees (various roles. Closing date: Friday 21st May 2021)
  • Finance Administrator (part-time. Closing date: Monday 24th May 2021).

Join us, today.

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Webinar 29 Sept: The Economics of Care work in a Capitalist Economy

Why is the very labour that is at the heart of our economy underpaid and what are the solutions?

Speakers on the interactive open session include:

Ursula Barry is an Associate Professor at School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin, specialising in gender, equality, the care economy and public policy. See www.ucd.ie/research/people/socialpolicysocialworksocialjustice/msursulabarry/

Aoife Smith, The Great Care Co-op. The GCC are a team of mostly migrant women who came together to change how care is being provided using a human rights and equality approach. Focusing on better care for cares and those who are being cared for. They are a not for profit carer run and owned cooperative organisation who invest profit back into the organisation, improving carers jobs by investing on training and contributing to pensions. See: https://www.thegreatcarecoop.ie/

REGISTER via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsf-2urTMoGddc1C1t9ezOD7hrtOd-Gym8

TIME: 19.30 – 20:15

DATE: 29 September 2020

An open discussion and event brought to you by Common Ground Bray, Dublin Food Co-op and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World.

 

  • This event is part of a series of public webinars on financial justice issues which builds on the EU-wide initiative Citizens for Financial Justice co-financed by the European Union and Irish Aid.

Launch event 31 Aug: Catch Them If You Can – new report

Can you tell the difference between legal, illicit and illegal finance?

Join us for an afternoon talk on the challenges of achieving financial justice, the facts on aid vs actual financial flows to rich countries and a take on all of this from journalist Bertrand Borg and legendary political cartoonist Brick, aka John Stuart Clark.

with
Bertrand Borg, Online Editor of Times of Malta
Brick’ aka John Stuart Clark, political cartoonist
and Colm Regan and Tony Daly, 80:20

This 35 minute session will also launch the new research briefing, Catch Them If You Can by human rights educators Tony Daly and Colm Regan of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, which illustrates the scale of radical inequalities between the global north and global south and the inside story on tracking down the evidence, the actors and organisations.

Time: 4.30PM – 5:05PM, Dublin time

Register today via Zoom [follow this link]

Event Aug 25th: Profiting at all costs? Investing ethically as if people and planet matters

Registration: free via Zoom.
Date: Aug 25
Time: 8pm (Dublin time)

Many day-to-day activities are all too familiar, such as buying goods or services either in person or online, taking out insurance or making regular contributions towards your pension or savings.

But do you know what happens with your money and its real-world impact on the planet and on others along the way?

Join us for a lively discussion that will explore ethical finance, community institutions and investing in a fairer and safer world for everyone.

This online event will also be launching the ‘Stay Safe, Invest Ethically’ guide, produced by members of Common Ground Bray, Comhlámh Trade Justice Group and 80:20.

Speakers:
David McAuley, CEO of Donore Credit Union
Darcy Lonergan, councillor, Green Party, Dublin City Council
Tony Daly and Colm Regan, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and member of Common Ground Bray

Hosted by Common Ground Bray, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and Dublin Food Co-op

 

About this project

  • The Catch Them If You Can project is part of the EU-wide Citizens for Financial Justice initiative with the aim to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilising EU citizens to support effective financing for development (FfD).
  • For more information about this collaborative community project see the project page, or contact tony@8020.ie

Co-financed by the European Union and Irish Aid

 

Valerie Lewis announced as chairperson of 80:20

Valerie was appointed on July 1st, 2020 and takes over the role from Gráinne McGettrick who has acted as chairperson since 2018.

As with all 80:20’s Board roles, the position of chairperson is undertaken in a voluntary capacity.

Valerie has been a member of 80:20’s Board since 2019 and has been involved with 80:20 since 2012. Speaking following her appointment, Valerie said she is “honoured” to take on the role.

“I am delighted to be appointed chair of 80:20, an organisation who sees education as fundamental to human development. I look forward to working on continuing to build on the principles and values that underpin their excellent work, particularly as we navigate the current global challenges.

80:20’s commitment to highlighting human values, human rights and human dignity through active and innovative educational methods as well as building communities through education, are core standards which will continue to influence the improvements we make.

I am very grateful to our outgoing chairperson Gráinne McGettrick, whose leadership has strengthened the organisation and provided a strong foundation as we head towards the next stages of growth and progress in the development education sector.”

Valerie has over twenty years of experience in the Irish education arena at post-primary and tertiary level, working across a range of sectors including in the Global Citizenship Education section and Public Information and Communication section of Irish Aid, in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Tony Daly, co-ordinator of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, added:

“As someone who has been involved with 80:20 for twenty years, Gráinne’s energy, knowledge and critical engagement on issues at the interface of education, human rights and social policy has been a constant both on and off the Management Committee. I am personally grateful to Gráinne for her many contributions and interventions she made as chairperson in leading major programme innovations and governance reforms in 80:20.

Valerie’s commitment to the power of education to challenge and change the way things are to what they could be has been a hallmark of her work for many years both as a trustee of 80:20 and in her wider work in post primary education contexts in teaching, researching and policy development capacities. In this challenging period ahead, I am delighted to welcome Valerie into her new role on the Management Committee on behalf of everyone in the 80:20 community.”

Valerie is currently the Post Primary Educational Policy and Development Officer for Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) and joined the 80:20 Management Committee in 2019.  She also works with a variety of organisations, both in Ireland and at European level, developing education and training materials.

See more about 80:20’s current Management Committee here.

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