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new formal structure now exists through which adult learners in Ireland can influence policy decisions that affect them. The Government committed in 2014 to the establishment of a forum for adult learners (in the Further Education and Training Strategy). It came to pass on election day, February 26th, when 80 learners from across Ireland met in the Mansion House, Dublin, to discuss their achievements and challenges in further education. The learners were nominated by their peers and came from community education, the Youthreach programme, the Back to Education Initiative and the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. Participants came with solutions to problems

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they knew of in the adult learning environment. They focused on ‘What is not working well in Further Education and Training and how it can be improved’, as well as looking at what is working well. AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation, hosted the event which will become an annual one. SOLAS head Fiona Hartley said, “Now learners will be placed at the heart of the FET service.” She promised the adult learners’ that their contributions “will have an impact on the decisions that are made in the future.” Meanwhile, Aontas has said the next Government “must” increase funding for community education by €10 million. W: aontas.com

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FRESH JOURNALISM ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND! NEW EVIDENCE THAT EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION WORKS – EQUALITY: Compare life today...

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