As a national organisation AONTAS is committed to representing the issues of our members on key fora at National, European and International level including the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).
AONTAS is also involved in a number of European projects which aim to support our members with their work and promote access to, and participation in adult learning.
AONTAS is the national coordinating body for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), which is aimed at increasing participation in adult learning across the EU, enhancing policies and supports for adult learners, and gathering and disseminating best practices.
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AONTAS is currently involved in two ERASMUS + Mobility Projects. The first project ‘Making an Impact at European level’ aims to support the professional development of those who work in the area of adult education, and enhance the work of the Community Education Network (CEN) supporting its development through learning exchanges and involvement in European work.
The second project 'Adult Education Leaders, Learning in Europe' (2017-2019) will give AONTAS STAR Award winners the opportunity to avail of Continuous Professional Development opportunites.
You can read more about AONTAS organised ERASMUS + Mobilities here
AONTAS took part in the FinALE project from December 2015 - March 2018. The project was created to provide a comprehensive analysis of financing adult learning in Europe. The FinALE project brought partner organisations from six European countries together.
As part of the FinALE project, research was carried out by Camilla Fitzsimons and Conor McGrath of Maynooth University. This research examined the financing of adult and community education organisations within the Community Education Network and across Europe. The research advocates for a needs-based approach to funding adult and community education. A copy of the research can be found here.
An Advocacy Toolkit was also produced under the FinALE project. The toolkit aims to enable adult education practitioners and policy-makers to identify key issues when it comes to the financing of adult education, and to take action to improve the situation. A copy of the toolkit can be found here.
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AONTAS is a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA). EAEA is a European NGO with 142 member organisations in 44 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide. They promote adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.
AONTAS President Liz Waters currently sits on the EAEA Board, following her election in June for a two-year term, 2017–2019. Niamh O'Reilly, AONTAS CEO is a member of their Arbitration Committee.