Community education is where local, independent education organisations, who are committed to social change, provide all kinds of support and learning opportunities for people in their communities, helping people to become empowered through learning.
Community education helps people who want to return to education or learning, but may not have the confidence or opportunities to do this in a formal setting like university or further education.
It is rooted in values of equality, justice and empowerment.
It creates a voice for those who are furthest from the education system.
It is based on what people need and is driven by communities.
Community Education is non-formal in nature and courses or classes can be short and part-time. They can be a first positive step back to education. It can lead to many possibilities for adult learners and communities, including building confidence, meeting new people, having a greater involvement with your local community, and possibly progression to further education or employment.PLAY VIDEO
The Community Education Network (CEN) was established in 2007 by AONTAS. It is a network of over 100 independently-managed community education providers who work collaboratively, sharing information and resources, engaging in professional development and working to ensure that community education is valued and resourced.
The Community Education Charter was launched in 2021 as a resource for all community education providers. It outlines the values of those who practice and engage in community education, including seeing learning as valuable in itself and not just as a route to employment or further education. It also means being inclusive of everyone - regardless of their experiences, age, or abilities. Click the link below to view the Charter and read more.READ MORE