Friday, 23 June, 2017

AONTAS Blog


Learning from Best Practice in Luxembourg

Posted on June 22, 2017

Erasmus AONTAS is currently leading out on a learning mobility project: ‘AONTAS – Making an Impact at European Level’. This is a two year project funded under the adult education field of the ERASMUS+ programme and involves a consortium of seven organisations from the AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN).

As part of this project Warremount tutor Niamh Mc Call recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a two day conference run by the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN). The aim of a mobility was to exchange information and learn more about best practice models. In our latest blog Niamh shares her experience of the conference and highlights some pilot projects from Europe that look at innovative ways to teach language to migrants.

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Sharing Best Practice with Malta

Posted on May 31, 2017

IMG_8471AONTAS hosted a Maltese Study Visit in order to share best practice with other EU member states. As part of the study visit, Christianne Fenech, Project Manager in the Ministry of Education & Employment visited Ireland for three days to focus on her specific areas of interest including: workplace learners, family literacy and engaging with employers. AONTAS travelled with Christianne to Limerick to visit some of the fantastic community education groups based in Limerick who are also a part of the Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), longstanding AONTAS members.

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EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow - Part 2

Posted on May 15, 2017

AONTAS is the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland. As part of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow project (2015-2017), AONTAS in collaboration with Skills for Work, undertook ‘EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow’, a professional exchange.

In part 2 of our 'EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow' blog the particpants give some reflections on their trip to Malta. Read part 1 here

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EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow - Part 1

Posted on May 15, 2017

AONTAS is the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland. As part of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow project (2015-2017), AONTAS in collaboration with Skills for Work, undertook ‘EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow’, a professional exchange.

The delegation of eight comprised of the European Projects Officer at AONTAS, three Skills for Work staff, including their National Coordinator and four Skills for Work learners, coming from diverse backgrounds including: host families for student exchanges (Mná an Tí), a logistics warehouse operate and an employee at a semi-state railway company.

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Learning from Best Practice in Crete

Posted on May 09, 2017

 

 

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AONTAS is currently leading on a learning mobility project called ‘AONTAS – Making an Impact at European Level’. The project allows participating organisations to send staff to other European countries to undertake a dedicated period of learning or professional experience, such as job shadowing or training.This is a two year project funded under the adult education field of the ERASMUS+ programme and involves a consortium of seven organisations from the AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN).

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Validation of Prior Learning in Ireland: A Learner’s Experience

Posted on May 03, 2017

Una Buckley1The learner voice sits firmly at the heart of AONTAS’ work. As the National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland, we believe that in order to widen participation in lifelong learning, we must listen to the voices and experiences of learners. AONTAS spoke to adult learner advocate Una Buckley about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Una details her personal experience of RPL and gives some suggestions on how to make the process more accessible for learners.

RPL in Ireland

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Almost 100 learners take part in the National FET Learner Forum 2017

Posted on April 13, 2017

Limerick ClareThe National Further Education and Training (FET) Learner Forum took place on Friday 7th April in Croke Park, Dublin. This event marked the second meeting of the forum when 100 learners from across Ireland met to discuss their achievements and challenges in FET. The learners in attendance were nominated to join the forum by their local education groups, and included particpants from Traineeships, community education, the Youthreach programme and the Back to Education Initiative.

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‘European Union: Solidarity in a time of Uncertainty’

Posted on March 21, 2017

BL5Q4725On 10th March, almost 100 attendees took part in the AONTAS EU Seminar- ‘European Union: Solidarity in a time of Uncertainty’. The event marked the closing event of the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival 2017.

The agenda included 10 speakers, spanning from academics, to practitioners, to learners. Twelve Slovenian adult learning practitioners and learners also participated in the morning’s proceedings, as part of a week-long study visit to Ireland.

Minister John Halligan

Delivering the Opening Address, Minister John Halligan acknowledged the important work of AONTAS in supporting adult education in Ireland. He highlighted the wider benefits that learning has to health, personal development, social engagement and community development, and noted that Ireland is leading the way in making a commitment to learner representation at both national and regional level.

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Learner Voice at the Centre of European Vocational Skills Week

Posted on December 20, 2016


Imani Tutu1The first European Vocational Skills Week took place from 5th to 9th December 2016. As the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), AONTAS welcomed the introduction of this initiative. It provided an opportunity to profile the diversity of education and training opportunities available to learners across the EU with hundreds of events taking place. It also provided AONTAS with an opportunity to highlight the importance of the learner voice at both a national and European level.

As part of the week, AONTAS attended a two-day conference in Brussels “Adult Skills: Empowering People”, with over 250 participants attending from across the EU and hosted the launch of ‘I’m an Adult Learner 2016’ on 9th December in Dublin. 

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We’ll have another day at the fair

Posted on December 06, 2016

BL5Q4258AONTAS has supported a number of learners to become advocates and raise their voice on the importance of adult learning - Alan Hand is one such learner. Alan shared his experience of returning to learning at the National Adult Learner Forum which took place in the Mansion House, Dublin in February 2016. He has taken part in a number of high profile media interviews throughout the year and is representing learners at the European Commission’s Adult Skills Conference in Brussels this week as part of the European Vocational Skills Week. Adult learners are now being represented and influencing policy at local, national and European level.

Name: Alan Hand

Place of Learning: Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB), Co Laois

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