Monday, 02 May, 2016

AONTAS launches European Project Report

BL5Q4905AONTAS launched their European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) project report at a European Policy Impact Seminar on 28th April 2016. The seminar took place in the Clock Tower building at the Department of Education and Skills, with AONTAS hosting a delegation from the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA). AONTAS has served as Ireland’s National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) since 2014 and the project has included various activities that aim to highlight the need to increase participation in adult learning of all kinds (formal, non-formal and informal learning) to acquire new work skills, for active citizenship, or for personal development.  

The European Impact Seminar provided an opportunity for a broad range of stakeholders to come together and discuss the impact of European Policy and to explore how AONTAS can support their members to engage in future European policy and projects. To  access a copy of the EAAL project report click here.

Adult Learners have their say on the Further Education and Training Service

BL5Q4284For the first time, a formal structure exists through which adult learners in Ireland can influence the policy decisions that affect them. That’s according to AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, which held the first meeting of the new National Adult Learners Forum at the Mansion House, Dublin on 26th February 2016. 

The Government committed to the establishment of a forum for adult learners in the Further Education and Training Strategy, published by SOLAS in 2014, this commitment came to fruition when 80 learners from across Ireland met to discuss their achievements and challenges in further education. The learners in attendance were nominated to join the forum by their local adult education groups, and included representatives from community education, the Youthreach programme, the Back to Education Initiative and the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

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Eight organisations receive awards for outstanding work in adult education

The Harvest Studios SliderEight outstanding adult learning projects received an award in recognition of their work at the tenth AONTAS STAR Awards ceremony (22.02.16). Projects dealt with a range of issues such as disabilities, drug-use and unemployment. Peter Baldwin, Assistant Secretary, Department of Education and Skills presented the winners with their awards at the ceremony in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Over 250 people representing 34 adult education groups were in attendance. To see the list of winners click here. To read more click here.