Community and Adult Education has played an important role in the lifelong learning sector in Ireland in the past years, as the country witnessed an increase in participation. Adult literacy remains an important topic and Ireland’s new Strategy Framework for Education and Training includes a framework for community education.
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Posted: 2021-12-21 / Category: Ireland 2021 / Tags: advocacy sustainable development funding covid-19 CONFINTEA
Our Irish member, AONTAS- Ireland's National Adult Learning Organisation, observes a slight deterioration on the current situation of adult learning and education in Ireland.
Educational disadvantage and inequality have been exacerbate...
Posted: 2021-12-21 / Category: Ireland 2021 / Tags: vulnerable learners community social inclusion covid-19
The pandemic had an overwhelming impact on disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, manifesting in digital poverty and aggravating other persistent issues such as mental health and domestic violence. Throughout the period of March 2020 to March 2021,...
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The situation of adult education in Ireland has improved over the last year. In July 2020, Ireland launched a new Further Education and Training Strategy which will continue until 2025. This new strategy includes a Community Education Framework wh...
Adult learning in Ireland has continued, where possible, through emergency response remote-teaching, VLE, emails, phone calls and other mechanisms. However, access to devices, WIFI, digital skills and suitable learning spaces remains a challenge a...
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Posted: 2020-01-09 / Category: 2019 / Tags: employability
While the macro policy framework for adult education in Ireland remains focused on education for employability, there have been important developments that may impact future policy and progress development in late 2019/2020.
In the past year, two significant state strategies were released and a third has begun development.
First of all, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) released a new 'Action Plan for Education 2019' early on in the year. This follo...
Posted: 2020-01-09 / Category: 2019 / Tags: sustainable development lifelong learning upskilling pathwaysThe state regulations reflect the country-specific recommendations for SDG and Upskilling Pathways initiative. AONTAS is working on strengthening the initiatives, and in 2019 the organisation created a new strategic plan for 2019-2022 that will focus...
AONTAS, an EAEA member from Ireland, suggests that the government addresses the need to create a recognised and accepted system for measuring the outcomes of non-formal education, specifically community education in Ireland.