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During this event, 100 Knitted Knockers (Soft and comfortable knitted fillers placed in the bra to provide shape for women who have undergone surgery) were presented to the Aurora Support Unit at Mater Dei Hospital. Participants of the Creative Knitting open classes, held at the Lifelong Learning Centre Msida, and at the Active Ageing Centre made these knitted knockers, which will be distributed to cancer patients

AHEAD, an organisation that is focused on promoting full access and participation of students with disabilities in further, higher education and employment are hosting their annual international conference, 'Through the looking glass: Reflecting on Inclusion from the boardroom to the classroom' on the 26th and 27th March 2020 in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. 

A number of community and voluntary organisations have come together, with the support of the HSE Social Inclusion Services Cork, to create a new entity called Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance (CESCA). CESCA works together to address issues of disadvantage in Cork City.

Applications are invited from groups / organisations seeking to promote social inclusion and social justice in Cork City. The key focus will be on collaborative work using once off funding which can be completed within a 12 month timeframe.

The course Traditional Arts and ICT Art Tools for Teaching Your Subjects and Promoting Life Skills, organised in Barcelona in April, gave rise to new ideas on the role that slow reflection plays in learning. The art of Gaudí also stirred up strong emotions.

How can we plan a project that contributes to equal opportunities in adult education? How can we transfer this knowledge? You will learn the conditions of a transfer and you will get practical information to design and implement your transfer activities. The example of Equal Space will show you, what to look for in a transfer.
The ERASMUS+ project EQUAL SPACE will enable more participation and empowerment of migrant and minorities women by developing trainings for Community Education Facilitators in the field of intersection of gender and diversity. Adult education often neglects the integration of disadvantaged people: EQUAL SPACE, a partnership between adult education and research organizations from Austria, Bulgaria, France and Portugal, is facing this challenge: Community Education Facilitators (CEF) will be trained in intersection of gender and cultural diversity in order to enable educational disadvantaged migrant and minorities women to find an access to lifelong learning and adult education. Community-based development work is primarily concerned with motivation of people to become a part of the work in their communities and shaping them actively, and to bring in those who are referred to as “disadvantaged groups”.
30 July 2019

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experiences. It is defined as learning by doing and as experienced-based learning. It is a powerful tool for adult learners because they gain concrete experiences and reflect on them by comparing the new experiences with their prior learning. Read this blog post about different perspectives on adult learning and why active participation is beneficial to both adult learners and the community!

15 July 2019
AONTAS has long argued that community education has a proven track record in effectively engaging the most educationally disadvantaged learners and providing quality educational experiences that meets their needs. Through our Community Education Network (est 2007), we act as a voice for community education, advocating on issues such as highlighting the need for: a sustainable funding model; continued provision of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) accredited programmes; and non-accredited learning. In our latest blog Advocacy Lead Ben Hendriksen outlines a collective achievement in gaining recognition of community education in the national political conversation.
27 June 2019
by Dearbhail Lawless
AONTAS CEO Niamh O'Reilly recently participated at the Romanian EU Presidency Conference in Bucharest which focused on plans for Adult Upskilling and Reskilling. These initiatives across Europe come under the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), for which AONTAS is the national coordinator in Ireland, and specifically the Upskilling Pathways Recommendation. In our latest blog, she reflects on the conference and shares an update on current EU approaches and debates around sustainable funding for adult learning.

Social exclusion, disengagement and disaffection of young adults have been among the most significant concerns faced by EU member states over the last decade. This blog by Natasha Kersh was written on the occasion of the EPALE Austria conference, which was held on 13 June 2019 in Vienna.

13 June 2019
by EPALE Österreich
The participants of the closing event of the Erasmus+ project “Collaborative leadership in learning” shared their findings with some 70 colleagues from the field under the expert guidance of Scott Albon. Inspired by the story of Scott, the participants set to work with a number of protocols on the further optimisation of teamwork within their own organisation.
12 June 2019
by Tim Van Aken

An Cosán Virtual Community College (An Cosán VCC) with the support of EPALE Ireland recently held its third annual "Community Partner Forum" on Wednesday 29th of May in Dublin 8. The event welcomed over 100 representatives from community education, public policy, local development, stage agencies and corporate sectors came together to explore how technology is impacting the future of education, jobs, digital literacy, social enterprise and social inclusion at grassroots level across Ireland.


11 June 2019
by Maria Flanagan
Wednesday 21 August 2019, Turkey


The Science Virus was founded in 2017 by a group of volunteers who believed that science was the only way to reach reality. Under the leadership of Şule Yücebıyık, volunteer viruses consisting of new generation educators, business and scientists aim to infect young people with passion for science.

Wednesday 11 September 2019, Finland

Play to Learn Afterwork



Hei! Oletko kuullut jo Dare to Learnista? Se on kansainvälinen oppimisalan tapahtuma, joka järjestetään syyskuussa Helsingissä Kaapelitehtaalla. Nyt Dare to Learn yhdessä World of Insightsin kanssa haluaa antaa kaikille ilmaisen mahdollisuuden tulla testaamaan oppimispeliä rennossa afterwork hengessä. Tapantumassa pääsee tutustumaan yleisesti oppimispelien maailmaan World of Insightsin esittelyn kautta. Huomioithan, että tapahtuma järjestetään englanniksi.

Tuesday 1 October 2019 to Thursday 3 October 2019, Colombia

International Conference on Learning Cities

UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members from around the world will have the opportunity to exchange and discuss effective lifelong learning policies and practices at this year’s International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC), which will take place in MedellÍn, Colombia, from 1 to 3 October 2019.

Monitoring the situation and the trends in civil society is of crucial importance for defining CSOs’ capacity building needs and the environment for CSOs’ operation as well as for guiding the future policies and needs for interventions. Thus, the Civil Society Resource Centre will prepare annual analysis and report on enabling environment for civil society development in the country.

Higher National Diploma (HND) Fitness, Health and Exercise students from Perth College took part in a 12-week programme that aimed to get older generations moving again. They have developed an informative poster that describes different aspects of the programme and can be used by fitness teachers, trainers, care home staff and others working with older generations with the aim of building their physical strength. 

The paper explores community involvement (CI) in protected area (PA) governance as an opportunity to learn, share knowledge and decision making power and contribute to sustainability starting from a local level, through regional and national and up to a global level. In addition to a brief review of the relevant theoretical and policy approaches to learning for sustainability in the context of the local community, this paper comprises a secondary analysis of the results of an empirical research on community involvement in PA governance.

The OBADE project: Open Badges and Adult Education is an Erasmus+ project, which was successfully concluded in May 2019.  Within the framework of OBADE, 7 partners from six European countries have explored the possibilities for implementing digital badges as a tool for recognizing non-formal adult knowledge. 

The Empowerment Circles Project, designed and carried out by Migrant Women Association Malta, is funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector on behalf of the Ministry for Education and Employment. The core aim of the project is to support migrant women living in Malta to build their confidence, communication and social skills, as well as increase their employability.

This presentation, from An Cosán VCC's Community Partner Forum, addresses the theme of "The Role of Technology in Shaping the Future of Education and Work" and documents Southend Family Resource Centre and its members' journey since joining An Cosán VCC. 

An Cosán Virtual Community College (An Cosán VCC) with the support of EPALE Ireland held its third annual "Community Partner Forum" on Wednesday 29th of May in NDRC, Dublin 8. This presentation addresses the theme of "Global, National and local: The Role of Technology in Shaping the Future of Education and Work".  

These presentations from An Cosán VCC's Annual Partner Forum, are by Mark Kelly of An Cosán VCC's Skills to Succeed Academy and Kieran Farrell of Accenture Interactive, and introduce An Cosán VCC's S2S Academy, an e-learning tool which aim to develop a digital competency assessment tool and curriculum, and Accenture's Digital Stepping Stones, which hopes to address the digital divide in Ireland.