The recent annual general meeting (AGM) of National Adult Learning Organisation, Aontas, saw two Longford women elected to the Executive Committee. Tara Farrell (Longford Women’s Link - LWL) and Mary Farrell (County Longford VEC Adult Guidance), were among six incumbents elected to the committee at a meeting held at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin earlier this month.
Speaking to the Leader, Mary Farrell said given the unemployment challenges in County Longford, membership of the Aontas Executive Committee is particularly relevant.
“I am acutely aware of the impact of government policy on access to further and higher education. I see Aontas as a powerful body which lobbies on behalf of the adult education sector and ultimately influences policy development,” she said.
Tara Farrell agrees. “It’s great to be part of a collective organisation, a collective voice really. Especially now with the establishment of Solas, the Government’s new education and training authority. Aontas is also an excellent network and great for information provision.”
Speaking about the fact that two Longford women were recently elected to the committee, Tara Farrell said: “This is great for the county. It shows the great wealth of experience that the different agencies have in Longford. Through Aontas we may have submissions on the development of Solas and we hope to ensure that community education is kept to the fore.”
According to Mary Farrell: “Educational guidance intervention is critical in enabling the adult learner to choose the pathway that is right for them and ultimately facilitate their re-entry to the labour market.” For further information about Aontas click on www.aontas.com.