As part of the AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival 2022, AONTAS is hosting a 'Learners as Leaders' event. Featuring participants from the Learners as Leaders programme, this event will put the experiences of learners at the centre and show how everyone can #LearnYourWay in your local community.
Everyone should have the opportunity to actively participate and succeed in adult learning and fulfil their educational ambitions, regardless of their past educational experience, social class, sexual orientation, civil status, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or disability.
The voices of learners are at the heart of AONTAS' work. We support adult learners to become advocates by sharing their lived experiences of adult learning. We believe personal stories can help someone overcome their fears, come back to education, and support people to see the impact adult learning has on people's lives.
This event will include five inspirational adult learners, who will share their learning journeys. Grab your coffee and join us at 2pm on Wednesday, 9th March.
The theme of this year's Festival is 'Learn Your Way' - #LearnYourWay
The 2022 AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival will be a nationwide campaign aimed at strengthening the value and visibility of the adult learning sector, with a wide-ranging audience of learners/prospective learners, communities, organisations and the media.
Over the past sixteen years the Festival has provided us with a platform to showcase the range of adult learning opportunities available across the country and encourage adults to try something new.
The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in a drop in some forms of adult learning (especially Levels 1-3). With this in mind, the Festival aims to encourage people to explore learning options in their local communities.
We know that recruitment is a priority for adult and community education providers as we begin to return to normal after the pandemic. This year’s theme is Learn Your Way - we want prospective learners to know that you can #LearnYourWay in your local community.
Host your own Event
We encourage you to host an event during the Festival too. Maybe you would like to organise a "taster session" or "open day" event that showcases your organisation's work or the courses available. Alternatively, you may like to invite your learners to attend a virtual coffee/tea morning. Ideas for organising an event are available in our Communications Toolkit. You can submit your online events to the One Step Up calendar (events must be free of charge). We will also be using the One Step Up platform to share events taking place as part of the Adult Learners' Festival 2022. For more information, please contact Giuliana Peña, AONTAS Projects Officer, at: firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister for this event