Use your Vote for Adult Learning
In advance of the General Election on the 26th February, AONTAS has organised a campaign to encourage and support our memebers to use their vote for adult learning. AONTAS is calling on the next Programme for Government to ensure Further Education and Training (FET) provision supports the active inclusion of all people in society and, to waive the proposed QQI re-engagement fee (approx. €5,000) for community education providers. AONTAS wants to ensure that all adults in Ireland can access quality learning throughout their lives.
AONTAS to hold the first meeting of the National Adult Learner Forum
AONTAS is delighted to announce that the first meeting of the National Adult Learner Forum will take place on Friday 26th February during the AONTAS Adult Learners Festival.
AONTAS has many years’ experience of organising and facilitating learner events and giving learners a platform to voice their issues, examples of this include our Lobby for Learning Days and our contribution to the SOLAS Learner Consultation. As a result of this, SOLAS has tasked AONTAS with this key piece of work which is part of the SOLAS FET Strategy.
This is an exciting new development for FET learners and The National Adult Learner Forum will provide a space for learners who are currently in further education and training (FET) to come together and have a unique opportunity to directly influence the further education and training service based on their needs.
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Berni Brady Retires after 33-Year Involvement in AONTAS
One of the longest-serving figures in Ireland’s adult education sector has retired. Berni Brady, who has played a central role in the work of AONTAS for 33 years, stepped down as CEO of the organisation in December. Ms. Brady became involved in AONTAS in 1987, when she joined the organisation’s Board of Directors. At that time, she was working as an adult literacy tutor in The Dublin Adult Literacy Scheme.
A special reception took place on the 2nd of December to mark Berni Brady’s retirement from AONTAS at the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.
Berni said: “I began my career as a teacher and then worked directly with adult learners who were in need of literacy support. Subsequently, I have always kept a strong focus on the learner’s voice during all my work with AONTAS.
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