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The Dublin Adult Learning Centre is an adult basic education centre based in Dublin's north inner city. The centre provides individual and group tuition in reading, writing and spelling for adults with reading and writing difficulties. The service provided is free and confidential.
DALC is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and is funded by the Department of Education and Science, City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee, Department of Community and Family Affairs, FAS and Area Development Management (ADM). It has a board of directors and a management committee made up of representatives from the local community, corporate sector, City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee and staff and students from the centre.

Mission Statement

The Dublin Adult Learning Centre provides basic education services to ensure that everyone in the inner city has the opportunity to avail of their right to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

DALC's definition of adult basic education

Basic education is the means by which adults, lacking confidence in their literacy levels, develop reading, writing, personal and interpersonal skills using methods, which are learner-centred, creative and participative. It aims to enable adults to enhance their lives by exploring new possibilities and initiating constructive change.

Number of learners attending the centre Approximately 600

  • 7 Full-time staff
  • 27 Part-time staff
  • 13 Tutor hours

Board of Directors - Sen. Joe Costello, Mary Maher, Pat Molloy, Keyna McEvoy, Pauline McGaley, Bernadette Sproule, John Stewart, Frank Deane, Ross Moore, Gus O’Connell.

Limited Company No. 276151