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.

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

 

Webinar 9th July: East Coast Doughnuts and Community Economics

Challenging financial inequality under a time of Covid-19

Registration: free via Zoom.
Date: July 9
Time: 3pm (Dublin time)

The first webinar brought NGO 80:20, Educating and Acting for a Better World together with members of Common Ground Bray and Dublin Food Coop to look at the concept of Doughnut Economics as well as how co-operatives tie into this concept.

(If you would like to find out more about Doughnut Economics as an idea, you can check out Kate Raworths website. Kate Raworths is author of ‘Doughnut Economics, 7 ways to think like a 21st century’)

The webinar will be hosted by Tony Daly and Patrick Doyle.

Tony is the co-ordinator of NGO 80:20, a member of Common Ground Bray, hub member of www.developmenteducation.ie and a trustee of Fairtrade Ireland, and Dr Patrick Doyle, historian and author of ‘The Co-op Movement in Ireland; The Co-operative Movement, Development and the Nation-State, 1889-1939’. Patrick is also an active member of the Dublin Food Co-op.

Joining the conversation will be Dr Julian Manley of The University of Lancashire. Dr Manley current research focuses on the social value aspect of working and living co-cooperatively and the Preston Model. (Learn more about the Preston model).

This webinar is an open discussion and everyone is welcome to join, participate or just listen. This week the webinar will be looking at how to implement steps towards an economy based on the principles of Doughnut Economics and how these principles can work within the context of Cooperatives.

While endless growth policies are temporarily on a hiatus for many, what does expanding a circular economy from the East Coast of Ireland look like in the context of a global pandemic? How do we reverse inequalities across communities, and what can we do?

This is an open discussion, all input and ideas welcome! How can we, as a society create a more inclusive, community based and just way to do business?’

Webinar 2nd July: East Coast Doughnuts and Community Economics

Billionaires have increased their assets and holdings since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Yet ‘common goods’ such as public health and living incomes have expanded and Amsterdam has just announced a city-wide Doughnut Economics coalition.

While endless growth policies are temporarily on a hiatus for many, what does expanding a circular economy from the East Coast of Ireland look like in the context of a global pandemic? How do we reverse inequalities across communities, and what can we do?

Join us for a two-part series on 2nd and 9th July 2020, with community co-operatives Common Ground Bray, Dublin Food Co-op and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World as part of the Catch Them If You Can project.

Date: July 2nd, 2020

Time: 15:00 – 16:15 Dublin time

Registration: free via Eventbrite

Session style: conversational, via Zoom.

  • For more information about this collaborative community project see the project page, or contact tony@8020.ie
  • This project is part of the EU-wide initiative Citizens for Financial Justice and is co-financed by the European Union and Irish Aid with the aim to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilising EU citizens to support effective financing for development (FfD).

Workshop 15th Feb: Catch Them If You Can

Have you ever wondered what to do about radical inequalities, social investments forgone and what you can do about it?

What do previous campaigns have to say about today’s issues and challenges on issues such as tax avoidance, international finance and debt repayments for the poor in the world?

How this is routinely done ‘legally’ and ‘officially’?

In a mid-morning workshop on Saturday 15 February in conjunction with the Comhlamh Trade Justice Group and Common Ground Bray, and for anyone with a general interest in financial justice issues, join Tony Daly and Colm Regan of 80:20 in designing and co-producing a series of creative responses to these realities (participative design thinking, advocacy, taking on marketing and ‘spin’. YES!).

This workshop is suitable for youth leaders, teachers, community activists, youth workers, community economics advocates, Fairtrade supporters, the creative arts and anyone with an interest in tackling radical inequalities.

Register for the event to book your place (free). (please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements – refreshments are included)

Time: 10:30am – 14:00

Location: Common Ground, Bray, Beverly Studios, Church Terrace, Bray, Ireland A98 P3V2 (maps)

  • For more information about this collaborative community project see the project page, or contact tony@8020.ie
  • This project is part of the EU-wide initiative Citizens for Financial Justice and is co-financed by the European Union and Irish Aid with the aim to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilising EU citizens to support effective financing for development (FfD).

Event Sept 29th: Food Stories at Bray Literary Festival 2019

Join us at the Bray Literary Festival 2019 in welcoming local direct provision residents to chat about food stories and food journeys, as well as sampling some food in the Harbour Bar.

When:             Sunday September 29th, 2019
Where:            The Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
When:             12:00 – 13:00
Registration:  Email ciara@8020.ie to register (free event)

Food connects and brings people together. It is something that all of us, no matter where we’re from, can share in and enjoy. Join participatory-based artist Katie Ceekay, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and Fighting Words in welcoming local direct provision residents to chat about food stories and food journeys, as well as sampling some food in the Harbour Bar.

Curated in a group setting, participants tell the story of their journey through recipes, ingredients, flavours and memory. Developed as part of a new project the recipes, stories, and the experiences will be documented and collected together in a short publication.

For more information check out the Bray Literary Festival 2019 programme online.

Featured photo © Karin Janssen 2019

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This event is developed as part of the Let’s Talk Project supported by

     

5th Anniversary of the entry into force of Istanbul Convention

August 1st marked the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. Tony Daly, on behalf of 80:20, joined other members of Euromed Rights Network in reflecting on what this convention means for them.

“During a routine check-up as part of antenatal meetings with my partner, the last thing we expected our midwife to ask was whether we had booked tickets to catch the latest box office not-to-miss movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Tony Daly on the steps at home joined by Rosa. Photo: Ciara Regan

It was the week of Valentine’s Day in February 2014; that seasonal expression of love and affection on the annual calendar. And no, we had not booked tickets. After a hearty laugh about it, the race was on, our midwife explained…to the holiday roster. Any midwife worth their armchair forecasting knew what was coming – a VERY busy November. In an increasingly digital and digitally connected world, I couldn’t help but stop and wonder. What is this movie teaching – through emotional pain, humiliation and intimate partner violence – to today’s young women and men? Through popular culture, what is it suggesting or potentially normalising?

Four years on, and now joined by a young sister, my son sees and imitates everyone around him – most especially his cousins and grandparents. As social animals, children see, children do. And I wonder, what new role models will they grow to learn from and how many pop culture signals and norms will they be able to decode, unlearn and challenge for themselves?

As violence against girls and women is now broadcast regularly on Twitter, Facebook and in recent elections by candidates proving their ‘credentials’, it’s important to recognise the women who have encountered violence, in all its forms and through courage took personal risks to speak out, in spite of decades of distrustful state and social institutions that systematically failed generations of women. Last year over 19,000 contacts were made with Women’s Aid. At least 1 in 3 women worldwide, or up to one billion women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes.

That Ireland ratified the Istanbul Convention on International Women’s Day in March this year is a triumph in perseverance and hope, and it gives me hope that Ireland finally signalled its ‘credentials’ as a small country to unlearn and relearn its role as a guarantor to this and future generations to prevent, protect against and combat gender-based violence in all its forms – physical, psychological and sexual.

By ratifying the Istanbul Convention, Ireland now stands in solidarity with women everywhere in stating that violence against women is no longer a ‘grey’ matter. That fantasy, is over”.

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Featured photo: © Council of Europe