Panellists Una Buckley and Alan Hand, adult learners, shared their insights, experiences and recommendations with attendees. Their stories inspired many in the room, with the importance of keeping the learner voice to the core of all activities cited in discussions throughout the conference.
Speaking after the event, Alan hand said "The Adult Skills Conference in Brussels was an amazing experience for me, being able to highlight the issues of adult learners at a European level was a totally new experience. There was a notable concerted effort from all the Member States to put adult education to…
An independent, not-for-profit organisation D8CEC provides second-chance education to adults in south-west inner-city Dublin. Based on Synge Street in the heart of Dublin 8, the centre provides second-chance education to over 300 adults each year and are firm believers in “education for all”. D8CEC cater to a wide range of students from natives of the Liberties to people of all nationalities.
Learners are central to the work and success of D8CEC and they recently celebrated their annual Awards Ceremony in The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin 8, where 65 learners received QQI awards in a range of courses…
Our vision for Lifelong Learning
AONTAS understands lifelong learning to mean all learning, both formal and non-formal, undertaken by individuals from childhood through to the third age. Adult learning is a key part of the lifelong learning spectrum and its role embraces both economic and broader social purposes. The modern concept of lifelong learning has its roots in the Delors Report, Learning, The Treasure Within, published by UNESCO in 1996, which proposed a holistic and integrated vision of education based on the paradigms of lifelong learning, and the four pillars of education identified…
Visiting Brussels gave me a sense of identity and belonging. It also heightened my awareness on the importance of identity, respecting each other and understanding that not one size fits all
My journey got off to great start with best wishes from my work colleagues in LWL and the opportunity to highlight my trip on local radio - Shannon Side FM. This resulted in ongoing Facebook messages of support which means a lot when you’re away from home.
At Dublin Airport I met with my two travelling companions from Exchange House Ireland, Lorraine O’Connor and Jules McDonagh - two…
The recently published European Commission Education and Training Monitor 2017 highlights Ireland's latest statistics across all areas of the education system. Whilst improvements were noted, inequalities in participation and access remain. For example, higher education access is closely linked to socioeconomic status and lifelong learning participation rates remain stubbornly at 6.4% compared to the EU average of 10.8%, and far from the 2020 national target of 10% (Action Plan for Education, 2017).
The report also shows that highly skilled individuals with a lifelong learning participation rate…
The event took place in the National Library of Greece within the amazing Stavros Niarcho Foundation Cultural Centre and park with over 130 stakeholders from Ministries of Justice and Social Integration, Universities, NGOs and Lifelong Learning Centres in Greece.
Speaking at the conference the Deputy Minister of Education Dimitris Baxevanakis stressed the need to create a human potential capable of coping with the new model economy and underlined the important role played by all stakeholders in achieving this goal.
Adult Learning Policy
The morning focused on adult learning policies on education…
“Today really gives us time to reflect on the outcomes of this project. We will continue to build on this excellent work, to strengthen the collaborations and innovations, and to bring the learnings into the next phase of the EAAL project.” - Niamh O’ Reilly, CEO, AONTAS -
Niamh O’Reilly, AONTAS CEO, opened the event, setting the context for EAAL in Ireland, where the current participation rate in lifelong learning stands at only 6-7% of the population. Ireland is behind its European counterparts and the EAAL is an important opportunity to work together to increase participation…
Why did you decide to do Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)?
I signed up to the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) as it was user friendly and allowed me to receive my job seekers payment whilst doing a full time course. It gave me somewhere to go every day, plus it allowed me some time to consider my next move, whether that be third level, employment or further learning.
One year on, how has completing the Leaving Cert changed your life?
Returning to education is empowering and it has given me the confidence to get back into employment. A year on I have secured a job…
Where do I Start?The Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are the main providers of education and training in Ireland and offer Leaving Certificate courses through local ETBs. The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) offers a range of full-time courses designed to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people. The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses, aimed at those who have not completed upper secondary level qualification. Both programmes often offer the Leaving Certificate. Further Education Colleges also offer full-time and part-time Leaving…
EDULEARN17 is a large conference which brought 850 attendees over 2 days to the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya – an award winning, architecturally stunning conference centre in the heart of Barcelona’s prestigious business district. It was an opportunity for educators to present on research they are doing in the area of education and technology. There were multiple themed sessions running concurrently throughout the conference with presenters taking 15 minutes each to give an overview of their work.
The keywords were collaboration, innovation, sharing and optimism
The EDULEARN17 team were great…
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