Every Day I’m Learning

An informal and authentic conversation sharing the personal stories of amazing people who returned to education as an adult learner. Every Day I'm Learning is real people opening up about their extraordinary lives, being both honest and vulnerable. In this podcast Dearbháil Lawless chats with adult learners as they describe overcoming their fears, taking up new opportunities and how education changed their life.

With thanks to the Communicating Europe Initiative and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this podcast is brought to you by AONTAS the National Adult Learning Organisation and recorded in Near FM. This podcast highlights the value of both Irish and European identity and the opportunities available to Irish people as European citizens.

Episode 7

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Mary

A force to be reckoned with in the most inspirational way Mary is the Director of Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company. Mary used her personal experiences to build her knowledge and skills in supporting others. She works with real people facing conflict, religious divide, social issues, poverty, and personal battles, through the arts. Mary […]

Episode 6

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Louise

Louise tells us how she wanted to be herself again while also raising four daughters as a lone parent and wanting to make a better world for them. Louise wanted to realise her own ambitions. Now having completed community education programmes and an Access Course, she has started university. Louise is honest and personal. Find […]

Episode 5

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Paul and Derek

Two gentlemen Paul and Derek from Dublin’s inner city open up about their reality of living with low literacy in Ireland. Having left school as children and using their street smarts they managed to get through life without being able to read or write. Now they are in Dublin Adult Learning Centre and loving life. […]

Episode 4

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Danielle

A proud Donegal woman, Danielle tells us her story of returning to education. She has a passion for human rights and feminism and works in the area of sustainability through community education. As she laughs and recounts her journey we find out what sparks her love of learning. An informal and authentic conversation sharing the […]

Episode 3

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Michael

Having started the Men’s Shed in Dungaravan, Waterford, Michael shares how men come together in this community space and build each other up, have fun and create a new lease of life. Michael worked in the food industry for years and went back to study in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Michael gives us in […]

Episode 2

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Maria

Maria ran from the school gates and never wanted to look back. Now Maria having being inspired by her own mother is a local historian and tutor. She loves adult education and describes how it can change a person’s whole life. An informal and authentic conversation sharing the personal stories of amazing people who returned […]

Episode 1

AONTAS – Every Day I’m Learning: Prologue

Take a moment and listen to the sounds of Dublin Adult Learning Centre before jumping into Episode 1 An informal and authentic conversation sharing the personal stories of amazing people who returned to education as an adult learner. Every Day I’m Learning is real people opening up about their extraordinary lives, being both honest and […]