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.
Earlier this summer Matthew Waters from An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC) travelled to the Spanish city of Barcelona to present at EDULEARN - one of the largest international education conferences. The trip took place as part of the ERASMUS+ ‘Making an Impact at European Level’ project. Organised by AONTAS it supports the professional development of our Community Education Network (CEN). Here Matthew shares the highlights of his trip.
Last month Joan Keehan from Southill Family Resource Centre (FRC) Limerick visited Craiova as part of ERASMUS+ ‘Making an Impact at European Level’ an EU-funded project that supports the professional development of adult education workers. In our latest blog she shares her experience.
As part of our learning mobility project: ‘AONTAS – Making an Impact at European Level’ project Warremount tutor Niamh Mc Call recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a two day conference run by the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN). The aim of a mobility was to exchange information and learn more about best practice models. In our latest blog Niamh shares her experience of the conference and highlights some pilot projects from Europe that look at innovative ways to teach language to migrants.
AONTAS recently hosted a Maltese Study Visit in order to share best practice with other EU member states. As part of the study visit, Christianne Fenech, Project Manager in the Ministry of Education & Employment visited Ireland for three days to focus on her specific areas of interest including: workplace learners, family literacy and engaging with employers. AONTAS travelled with Christianne to Limerick to visit some of the fantastic community education groups based in Limerick who are also a part of the Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), longstanding AONTAS members. Read about it here.