Pictured in Dublin at the General Meeting of AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation are Niamh O’Reilly, CEO and Tara Farrell, newly elected President of AONTAS.
The Deputy CEO of Longford Women’s Link (LWL), Tara Farrell, has been elected as President of AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation.
Ms Farrell was elected to her new role at the general meeting of AONTAS which took place last Wednesday in Dublin.
She will bring a wealth of experience to the position. In addition to her work with LWL, Ms Farrell has worked in adult and community education for 20 years.
She also lectures on equality and human rights at St Angela College, Sligo.
Liz Waters, outgoing AONTAS President, spoke very highly of her successor.
Ms Waters said, “After six years, I am delighted to hand over the reins to Tara Farrell. Tara’s proven expertise and her commitment to adult learning will be an enormous asset to AONTAS in the coming years.”
The key findings and results of the Adult Education Survey 2017 were also outlined to delegates at the general meeting.
Health emerged as a key barrier, with 25% of people who left education after primary school and 16% of people who left school after the Junior or Inter Certificate citing health and age as a reason they could not participate in lifelong learning.
Just 4% of those with third level qualifications cited health and age as a barrier.
The ability to get to a training location was six times more likely to be an issue for people in border regions, than for people living in Dublin.
People who have not completed the Leaving Certificate are seven times less likely to participate in formal education than those you have a third level qualification.