This morning a mix of practitioners from across the adult learning sectors in NI met up with members of AONTAS to learn more about what it does and what it offers members.
After greetings and introductions led by the AONTAS CEO, Niamh O’Reilly, participants heard some background information from Dearbháil Lawless, (Head of Advocacy). Mike Lyons (an AONTAS member from Cork ETB) described his experiences as a member and the benefits he has accrued. Participants also heard about the activities and support offered through Community Education Network from its coordinator, Suzanne Kyle.
We all then had an opportunity to share experiences of community learning in Northern Ireland and start to identify needs for its development. This will inform ongoing dialogue between FALNI and AONTAS as to how working together we can start addressing these needs, tapping into our respective experiences and resources.
We hope there will be many more opportunities for practitioners in NI to engage in events organised by AONTAS and we’d encourage organisations and individuals to consider becoming members.
If you would be interested in taking part in future events please do contact us via the website.