The ‘Moving On’ Programme, Blayney Blades celebrated their recent achievement of winning an AONTAS STAR Award on Tuesday 10th April by hosting a celebratory lunch for past and present students in the Iontas centre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
2018 marks ten years of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). As invited guests by the European Commission AONTAS will be represented at the 10 year celebratory conference in Brussels on 15th and 16th March.
As an EU Member State, Ireland has access to EU funding programmes like Erasmus+ which supports people to acquire new work skills, contributing to active citizenship, and personal development. Such programmes allow AONTAS to support our members to promote and profile the work of adult learning in Ireland. It also provides members with an opportunity to learn from our EU neighbours and bring new ideas back to Ireland.
The 9th of November saw the release of the EU Education and Training Monitor 2017 focusing on the theme of inequality in education, and the important role that education plays in building a fairer society. While Ireland continues to compare well on education targets for early school leaving and tertiary education attainment, inequalities in participation and access still need to be addressed. With two weeks to go until the AONTAS CEN10 Conference: Sustaining Community Education, AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly highlights community education as a vehicle to widen participation for those most disadvantaged.