8 Jul 2020

AONTAS meets Minister Simon Harris TD

AONTAS CEO, Niamh O’Reilly and AONTAS Board Member Joy-Tendai Kangere welcomed the opportunity to meet Minister Simon Harris TD on Thursday 2nd July. With the establishment of a new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, meeting Minister Harris during his first week of tenure was an important step towards our future engagement with this new Department.

Key points:


AONTAS Budgetary Asks for Community Education

Ask 1   COVID-19 Community Education Support fund for 2020/2021 would address three key areas of concern for community education arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund would contain three parts and enable community education organisations to apply for appropriate funding from their local Education and Training Board based on the needs of their learners and organisation.

Ask 2   AONTAS and our members from across Ireland are asking for the creation of long-term policy and funding frameworks for community education provision that is built upon the all-of-government approach to policy development requested in 2019. To meet the needs of learners and our communities, big and small, around the island, a new sustainable, multi-annual funding model for independently managed community education is needed. AONTAS is calling for an investment of €9.75 million.

Ask 3   Establish a QQI – related costs fund to enable accredited provision for community education covering the cost of QQI reengagement and programme validation (€250,000 maximum depending on number).

AONTAS looks forward to meeting Minister Harris TD later this month to discuss our budgetary proposal, educational equality and the broad outcomes of community education for social inclusion; mental health & wellbeing; civic engagement & equality.

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