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Posts in the "Learner Story" category

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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I Finally Obtained my “Deferred Dream”

Posted on November 07, 2016

BL5Q4197Una Buckley is an adult learner from Dublin and returned to education to complete what she calls her “deferred dream”. Una achieved a certificate through an outreach programme from Maynooth University and went on to finish a degree in All Hallows. She has become a strong advocate for adult learning; representing learners at national level and speaking at numerous adult education events and conferences including the 9th ICAE World Assembly in Montreal, Canada in June 2015.

Una shared her story at the first National Adult Learner Forum that took place in Dublin in February:

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The level of support and range of programmes was just what I needed

Posted on October 10, 2016

RowenaAONTAS has long argued that community education has a proven track record in effectively engaging the most educationally disadvantaged learners and providing quality educational experiences that meets their needs. The AONTAS Community Education Network was established in 2007 and comprises over 130 independent community education organisations which work collectively to gain recognition for community education, raise its profile and lobby to ensure it is adequately resourced.

This week adult learner, Rowena from the SAOL Project shares her experience on how returning to education has helped her to gain confidence and skills which have transformed her life.

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I am proud of myself and you will be too

Posted on October 03, 2016

Majella LynchMajella Lynch, an adult learner from Cavan decided to return to education so she could keep up with her children. This experience has helped Majella gain the confidence and determination to progress with her education and secure a career that she feels passionate about. She credits the huge support she received from her tutors, the Adult Education Services and her family with not giving up. Majella recently completed a BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) QQI Level 5 in Health Service Skills with Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) and recently gave a talk on her graduation night about her learner story.

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My love of exploring new languages has introduced me to the culture and music of others

Posted on September 26, 2016

European Day of Languages (EDL) takes place on the 26th September and one of its aims is to encourage the lifelong learning of languages. To celebrate the EDL, adult learner Annette Murphy tells us about her love of exploring new languages.

Annette‘s story:

As a young child, I gained a knowledge of a variety of languages from my adoptive father. He studied a number of languages for the Inter Cert and visited many European countries in his youth such as Spain, France and Greece. From an early age, his passion and love of these countries, their culture and language had a big impact on my interest and love of languages.

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Returning to Education was my Lifeline to Getting Back out There

Posted on September 05, 2016

Geraldine Lynch 1After suffering from poor health Geraldine Lynch decided to return to education to help restore her confidence. Since attending the Sligo Adult Education Centre, Geraldine has gained new friends, learned new skills and developed a new lease of life. She received a huge amount of support from both her tutors and peers and this encouraged her to progress onto another course. She describes returning to education as the best thing she ever did.

Geraldine was also nominated by Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) to attend the National Adult Learner Forum in February where learners from across Ireland came together to discuss their experience of the Further Education and Training Service.

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I really feel like I am achieving something

Posted on June 27, 2016

Julie-AnneJulie-Anne Dalton is an adult learner, a healthcare worker, a mum and a wife. She is currently working hard to achieve a QQI Level 5 in Healthcare after a long time out of education. After many years outside of the workforce raising her family, an opportunity to help a friend with her disabled son reignited her passion for caring and she decided to pursue this as a career. Julie-Anne gained employment as a healthcare worker with Comfort Keepers and is currently completing her Level 5 course with great support from her employers, family and friends.

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Community education gave me the confidence to progress to third level

Posted on June 20, 2016

Sharon ConlonIn 2012, Sharon Conlon took part in the AONTAS Lobby for Learning Day where she shared her positive experience of community education. Since then she has continued with her education and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Early Childhood education. Sharon attended Warrenmount Community Education and Development Centre and Liberties College of Further Education and Training before completing her degree in Dublin Institute of Technology. Sharon believes her experiences in community education and further education and training helped build her confidence and self-esteem and provided the encouragement and support to continue her studies on to third level. 

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If you couldn't keep up, then you never caught up

Posted on June 13, 2016

John DoyleIn this week’s blog, John Doyle shares his story about the barriers he faced throughout his education and tells of his hopes for the future.

Many adults can face challenges such as dealing with mental health issues and financial pressures – this in turn can impact on self-esteem and confidence. Returning to education can offer adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives, gain confidence and find a job.

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It's never too late

Posted on May 09, 2016

LaoisFollowing a period of illness and injury that prevented him from working, Denis O’Brien made the decision to return to education. He first completed a few training courses and other online courses. He then began a full-time degree programme, which just a short time earlier he would never have dreamed of doing. Denis is taking a short break from his studies due to health issues but he hopes to return to University College Cork in September to complete his BSc in Computer Science.

Why I returned to education

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