Community education, a strategy for success. Lobby for learning report 2013
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Since the National Adult Learners' Festival was established in 2007 AONTAS has organised a Lobby for Learning Day to close the week. This year's event focused on the role of community education in serving the needs of people most distant from education and training, and the labour market, and as a valid form of activation. The event looked at how community education was delivered in the independently-managed community education sector, and drew from the experiences of both learners and providers. Minister for Education and Skills, Ciaran Cannon, John McKeon, Deputy Secretary, Department of Social Protection, Ken Seery, Head of Contractor Training and Momentum, FÁS, Peter Baldwin, Assistant Secretary, Department of Education and Skills, Fiona Hartley, Executive Director (Designate), SOLAS, Ciaran Conlon, Director of Training Standards and Michael Mooney, Head of E-learning, FÁS spent time at each round table and engaged in dialogue with the participants. The aim was to demonstrate to policy makers how community education works to serve the needs of its learners and to prepare them for employment.