The Forum for Adult Learning NI (FALNI) was formed in 2010 by a small number of regional organisations concerned with the lack of a cohesive voice for those working in the field of adult learning. From the beginning it was cross-sectoral with members from statutory and voluntary and community sectors and trade unions.
In more recent years, thanks to its involvement in the delivery of the UK’s programme under the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), its activities and membership have greatly expanded. Through EAAL FALNI is linked with Learning and Work Institute (which manages the UK EAAL programme), Scotland’s Learning Partnership and AONTAS.
Since 2015 FALNI, under banner of the NI Impact Forum for Adult Learning and supported with EAAL funds, has delivered regular seminars and webinars and an annual conference. It is also making responses to key consultations and building links with government.
It has made contributions to the UK’s EAAL reports, such as its Healthy, Wealthy & Wise report (2017). In 2020, in partnership with Belfast Learning City, it produced a report on Adult Learning and Health and Wellbeing.
FALNI is part of NALAB (Network of Adult Learning across Borders) which links national agencies for adult learning across the UK and Ireland.
FALNI’s purpose is threefold
to gather and share information relevant to stakeholders in adult learning in Northern Ireland
to use this information as evidence to advance the cause of adult learning with key policymakers
build a network of stakeholders in adult learning from across all sectors in Northern Ireland and to collaborate with partners in the UK and Ireland.