AONTAS launch nationwide festival celebrating adult learning

Posted on 3 Mar 2020

‘Learning for Life’ is the theme for this year’s AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival. The week-long celebration of adult learning takes place from the 2nd to the 6th of March and will see hundreds of information events, classes and workshops take place across the island of Ireland.

Commenting at the launch, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “Our annual Adult Learners’ Festival is an opportunity to showcase the range of adult learning options available to people right across the country.

“Returning to education can be a daunting experience for some. But people should not underestimate how empowering an experience it can be. Not only can returning education boost your employability by teaching you new skills and help improve your confidence, it can also be a sociable and fun experience.

“The Adult Learners’ Festival also provides AONTAS with an opportunity to highlight the value of adult learning to the Irish economy and society. Over the course of the week-long festival, we will be outlining what practical steps the new Government can take to promote increased participation in adult learning.” AONTAS is calling on the new government to appoint a Minister of State for Adult, Community and Further Education and Training.

The Adult Learners’ Festival opens on Monday 2nd of March with the STAR Awards Ceremony for adult learning projects, where seven outstanding examples of adult and community education will receive their awards.

The full programme of events for the festival is available here.