Day 1: Wednesday, 26th June
Day 1 of the EAEA event in Copenhagen started off promisingly: temperatures in the Danish capital reached upwards of 27 degrees. Having touched base with my AONTAS colleagues Niamh O’Reilly and Ben Hendriksen, I arrived at the venue, Vartov (a historic building in Copenhagen now used as an event centre) at 9.30am. Registration was pleasant with the organisers giving a warm welcome. The information in the welcome pack was useful and included the EAEA adult education manifesto. I enjoyed the discussion and felt privileged to be there as an adult learner with so many people from across Europe with a passion for adult skills and education.
Day 2: Thursday, 27th June
I registered for Day 2 and took my place in the main hall. The standard of the speakers and discussion was excellent. Highlights of the day included:
By attending this EAEA event as an adult learner from Ireland I gained a greater understanding of the movement happening across Europe to promote and strengthen adult education. I gained valuable experience taking part in the workshop and group discussion. I relished the opportunity to discuss my own experiences as an adult learner in an Irish context. I can safely say that I made some friends in the wider adult education community from my participation in the conference. Overall, it was a positive and enriching learning experience and time well spent.
As an EU Member State, Ireland has access to EU funding programmes like Erasmus+ which support 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 our members with an opportunity to learn from our EU neighbours and bring new ideas back to Ireland.
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