Monday, 05 December, 2016

Harnessing the Power of a Story

NO FEE WHATS YOUR STORY 4On 8th November 2016, AONTAS welcomed almost 100 participants to Croke Park for ‘Harnessing the Power of a Story’. The event aimed to demonstrate the power of the learner story and how it can be shared through traditional and digital media to reach broad audiences. The event, jointly hosted by AONTAS, the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) and EPALE Ireland, Léargas, included keynote speakers, Bryan Dobson, broadcast journalist, RTE and Senator Lynn Ruane.

Bryan Dobson shared important insights into story-telling and Senator Lynn Ruane told her own story of returning to education as an early school leaver. The event, which trended on Twitter, was attended by an enthusiastic audience who put a series of questions to the panellists. Participants also took part in a range of workshops from Blogging and Online Writing to Social Media.

Read more here.

AONTAS Pre-Budget Submission Calls for Investment in Community Education

NO FEE AONTAS 4AONTAS has called for an investment in community education in our Pre-Budget Submission 2017. AONTAS has long argued that community  education has a proven track record in effectively engaging the most educationally disadvantaged learners and providing quality educational experiences that meets their needs.

We are requesting that this Government prioritise educationally disadvantaged adult learners by committing to the following: 

A sequential increase in investment for community education by increasing the percentage of SOLAS funding for community education programmes from 1.6% to 3.2; Ring-fenced funding for community education providers who wish to offer accredited programmes by re-engaging with QQI and, A waiver of QQI re-engagement and programme validation fees for community education providers.

Read a full copy of our Pre-Budget Submission 2017 here.

AONTAS Congratulates Dozens of Adult Learners Receiving Leaving Cert Results

alanDozens of adult learners are amongst those celebrating their Leaving Cert results today (17.08.16). Congratulating adult learners receiving their Leaving Cert results, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “It’s easy to forget that many adult learners are amongst those sitting the Leaving Cert each year and waiting nervously to get their results".

“Dozens of adults once again completed Leaving Cert exams this summer and, today, are celebrating their achievements. In Ireland, 21 per cent of people aged 25 to 64 have never completed upper secondary-level education, so it’s not surprising that a high number return to education to complete the Leaving Cert each year".

“For somebody who may have been out of formal education for a long time, or who has had negative educational experiences in the past, it is a huge step to return to learning and to participate in Leaving Cert exams. We would like to congratulate and celebrate all adult learners who received Leaving Cert results today, and we wish them every success.” Read AONTAS' press release here.