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CEO of Jobstown Education Centre to take leading role in National Adult Learning Organisation

9 May 2012 04:19 PM

Liz Waters, CEO of an Cosán, The Shanty Educational Project, has today May 9th been elected President of AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation.
AONTAS is a membership organisation, funded by the Department of Education and Skills. There are currently almost 550 members of AONTAS which include providers of adult and community education, community groups and individual adult learners. A new Executive Committee was elected today at the AGM of the organisation which took place at the Ashling Hotel Dublin.

As CEO of an Cosán, Ms Waters brings extensive experience of community education to the AONTAS Executive Committee. An Cosán has three operations: The Shanty Education and Training Centre, Rainbow House Early Years Education and Care Centre, and the Fledglings Social Enterprise Initiative which holds Fledglings Education and Training. An Cosán was originally set up by Senator Katherine Zappone and Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan to provide second chance education for women in the area. Currently over 600 adults and 150 children cross the threshold each week to take part in education programmes. Since it was founded in 1986 15,000 adults have undertaken second-chance adult education provided by An Cosán.

Speaking after the election, Ms Waters said 'this is an exciting time of opportunity and possibility. It is the time that adult and community education can really make a significant contribution to the social and economic recovery of this country. AONTAS is the organisation to ensure this happens. It is a privilege to nominated and elected to position of President and I look forward to working with Berni and all of the team in AONTAS."

Speaking on behalf of AONTAS, Director Berni Brady said 'We are delighted to see Liz take up the role of President in the organisation. An Cosán is a great example of what community education can achieve and we hope to promote this success at national level. Liz's Presidency will ensure that AONTAS commitment to promoting the social benefits of learning continue in the midst of a number of critical changes for adult and community education - most notably the formation of the new training and education authority SOLAS.

Note to Editor
More information about an Cosán is available from
Other members of the AONTAS Executive are: Lorraine Cunningham (Blayney Blades), Colm Kilgallon (All Hallows), Lorraine Hennessy (INOU), Tara Farrell (Longford Women's Link), Mary Farrell (Co. Longford VEC)
Members of the AONTAS Executive (including the President) participate in a voluntary capacity.