Community Education Network Meetings
CEN May 21stMembers of the Community Education Network created their own strategic work plan. It outlines a framework to base the work of the Network and allows monitoring of progress and achievements.
The work is driven through national meetings which are focused, out-comes driven, participative and lively. Members also have an opportunity to network, share ideas and experience.
'Support. Sense of solidarity. Discussion of issues pertaining to community education.'
'Getting together with like-minded people & info-sharing...getting the energy to stay committed to community education in this hostile environment.'
The Last CEN Meeting
The last national CEN meeting was held on 12th October 2016 in the Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. The theme of the meeting was Recognition and this allowed for an exploration of the value of recognition of and within the community education sector. You can access a copy of the October meeting report here.
- Suzanne Kyle (AONTAS) Presentation
- Peter Cullen (QQI) Presentation
- Michelle Kinsella (Dyslexia Association of Ireland) Presentation
- AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN) Steering Group
CEN Calls for QQI Fees Waiver for Re-engagement
The AONTAS Community Education Network has called for a waiver for independently managed community education providers (legacy providers) for QQI re-engagement. The re-engagement process involves legacy providers having their Quality Assurance (QA) procedures approved by the QQI. QA approval means that the provider can offer QQI validated programmes leading to QQI awards. The issue that community education organisations have is the newly introduced fee for the re-engagement process, which may amount to €5,000. Based on the CEN focus group (28th May), the following paper was developed. Please read this paper to learn more about the issue and support advocacy work to waive the fee for not-for-profit community education organisations.
Campaign for no QQI re-engagement fee for community education legacy providers
Please find a link to the AONTAS Community Education Network Submission to the Quality and Qualifications Ireland(QQI), 9th May 2014.
1. QQI White Paper: Re-Engagement with Legacy Providers: Overarching Policy.
A link to our paper regarding proposed QQI fees for Community Education groups.
A summary update on advocacy work regarding QQI Awards
Effective Funding Model for Community Education
In 2011 the AONTAS Community Education Network developed a detailed paper on how community education could effectively be funded. Still relevant today, the paper outlines how community education has been funded and what is needed in order to create an effective community education system that takes into account the need for core funding, learner supports and effective staffing. Read it here.
Community Education Network Meeting Reports
- 12th October 2016 Meeting Report
- 23rd June 2016 Meeting Report
- 24 March 2015: Influencing policy, facilitating collective action and supporting good practice
- 4th December 2013: Surviving and Thriving in changing times
- 4th September 2013: Quality Assurance, QQI and Community Educaton - Shaping the Future
- 11th June 2013: Where next for Community Education - challenge and change
- 13th March 2013: Changing Structures in Education - Implications for the Community Education Sector
- 21st November 2012: Measuring the outcomes of community education - various models and the role of accreditation
- 3rd October 2012: Strengthening community education through social aciton and shaping the future of community education within Solas
- 18th April 2012: Community Education in a Time of Change:Utilizing our collective knowledge for action - SOLAS, Social Justice Advocacy, Research and FETAC
- 1st February 2012: Supporting the Community Education Network: Continuous Professional Development, Policy, Research and | FETAC FETAC Presentation
Presentations from previous CEN meetings are available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access videos from previous meetings go to Youtube.
Click here to complete the Irish Community Education Network Membership Form online!