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Clondalkin Woman Travels to Estonia to take part in International Conference

Dublin woman Jacqueline Sheehy will travel to the European City of Tallinn today (19.10.17) to attend an international conference on active citizenship, democracy and participation, and meet with other adult education professionals from across Europe.

Ms Sheehy from Dublin works in The Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme (CASP), a community service for drug users, over 18 years of age, and their families from the North Clondalkin area. She case manages clients in addiction, facilitates groups and promotes cultural heritage in CASP. At national level, she is involved in the Community Education Network, run by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation.

The trip is taking place as part of the ERASMUS+ ‘Making an Impact at European Level’ project, an EU-funded project organised by AONTAS that supports the professional development of adult education workers.

Commenting in advance of her trip, Ms Sheehy said: “I’m really excited to visit Tallinn where I will hosted by the ESREA Research Network, an association known for promoting and disseminating research on the education of adults in Europe, through their networks, conferences and publications.

I am currently studying Transformative Community Education QQI Level 7 through An Cosán which relates a lot to the topic of this conference. I am really looking forward to a number of workshops where I will get to learn more about adult learning and policy, and social changes and professionalism.

I have delivered training in my community and workplace for almost 12 years from health promotion, challenging behaviour and QQI Level 3 Health and Fitness. Following the conference I hope to learn new ways to work collectively and engage clients in other QQI training programmes. I am also looking forward to networking and showcasing the work of CASP on a European stage.”

Speaking about the visit AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly said: “This EU project aims to strengthen the work of the AONTAS Community Education Network by giving them an opportunity to partake in learning events across Europe, where they can learn about best practice in adult and community education.

AONTAS is delighted to offer this opportunity to CASP so they can bring back new ideas and connections to their organisation and community.”

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Contact: Katie O’Rourke, Communications Lead AONTAS, Tel: 01-4068220/ 086-1579418 Email: korourke@aontas.com