Friday, 28 July, 2017

AONTAS STAR Award Winner Travels to Italy to Gain New Learning

3 Jul 2017 12:27 PM

Cork woman Finola McCarthy will travel to the Italian city of Palermo today (03.07.17) to attend a training course on the importance of Emotional Intelligence.

Ms McCarthy coordinates the Horticulture Local Training Initiative (LTI) – an initiative based in the Bessborough Centre in Cork that supports socially disadvantaged adults to develop their personal wellbeing using the social and therapeutic benefits of horticulture. The project recently won an AONTAS STAR Award for their outstanding work in the area of promoting learner wellbeing.

Ms McCarthy’s trip is taking place as part of the ERASMUS+ project, an EU-funded project organised by AONTAS that supports the professional development of adult education workers.

Commenting in advance of his trip, Ms McCarthy said: “I’m really excited to visit Palermo where I will develop a deeper understanding of the emotional self and its influence on learning. I hope to be able to share new insights with both learners and colleagues when I get back to our Centre in Cork."

The training will provide me with a great opportunity to develop my teaching practice in a European setting and to gain the skills necessary to design a curriculum with learner wellbeing at its core. I am also looking forward to sharing the work of Horticulture LTI on a European stage.”

Speaking about the visit AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly said: “This EU project aims to strengthen the work of AONTAS STAR Award winners by giving them an opportunity to partake in learning opportunities across Europe, where they can share best practice in adult and community education.

AONTAS is delighted to offer this opportunity to STAR Award winners from across Ireland so they can further enhance the development of their own organisations and communities.”