A local Longford initiative will be holding a graduation for its learners as part of the programme of events for the annual Adult Learners’ Festival, organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The festival takes place from March 6 to 10.
Longford Women’s Link will be holding a graduation ceremony for its learners who have completed its course in Early Childhood Care and Education.
The ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm in Longford Women’s Link, Willow House, Longford. Further information on the graduation and the full programme of events is available at www.adultlearnersfestival.com
Over the past eleven years, over 5,000 adult learning events have taken place nationwide as part of the festival, including information sessions, taster workshops and open days. The wide range of events encourages adults to try something new in an informal setting and, for some, it provides their ‘first step’ back into education.
Speaking at the launch, Niamh O’Reilly, AONTAS CEO, said: “Every year many adults begin their journey back to education. For somebody who may have been out of formal education for a long time, or who had negative educational experiences in the past, it can be a hugely daunting step. The wide range of events encourages adults to try something new in an informal setting and, for some, it provides their ‘first step’ back into education.
“The festival showcases the diversity of learning options available to adults – from the informal setting of a local community centre, to Education and Training Boards, and a more formal third level institution. We hope that this year’s festival will encourage adults in Longford to think about returning to learning whilst highlighting the great work that is being done by adult and community education groups in Longford."
2017 marks the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) Year of Adult Education in Europe, to coincide with this the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival is adopting their theme of ‘The Power and Joy of Learning’.