Influencing policy in the area of adult and community education has been a key focus of the work of AONTAS since the adoption of its first strategic plan, 'A Vision for the Future', 1998-2000. Since then it has been a lead player in the development of the White Paper on Adult Education, Learning for Life, 2000 and in developments in the sector which followed. AONTAS adopted its fifth Strategic Plan at its Annual general meeting in May 2011. The Plan centres on three key themes of Voice, Value and Visiblity. A new period of strategic planning was launched at the AGM in 2014. You can read more about the strategic planning process and how you can get involved here.
AONTAS policy work at national level is informed and driven by the lived experience and work of its members at a local and regional level. Feedback from members and particularly adult learners provides the basis for policy priorities and research plays a key role in identifying and documenting issues which are of concern to them. AONTAS uses this information and experience to advocate for the right of adult learners to access quality learning opportunities throughout their lives.
AONTAS represents the concerns of adult learners on:-
- The National Advisory Group to the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education
- SOLAS (the Further Education and Training Authority)
- The European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA)
- The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
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