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Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


Adult Learners' Forum of Ireland

Meeting takes place, 26th October 2011, Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8

Since the last meeting there has been a lot of discussion on how best Adult Learner Voices can be heard and what can be done to make the national voice sustainable. In looking at this we have worked closely with the Limerick City Adult Learners’ Forum, a learner forum that has been working for the last five years. Based on their experience and other international forums we have developed a toolkit to support learners to come together and build their own local learner forums.

Who is this meeting for?

Any adult learner who is interested in seeing how their voice can be heard and are looking for ways to organise locally to build a local learner voice. Learners from all backgrounds, involved in any form of adult and community education are welcome to attend.

Registration begins at 9:30 and the meeting will start at 10am sharp. For more information have a look at the ALFI flyer which includes the agenda for the meeting.

The meeting on the 26th October will launch the toolkit and will look at what learners can do to set up their own forum and what supports AONTAS can give. It will have inputs from Limerick City Adult Learners’ Forum on their experience as a working forum and insight from John Gates, one of the founders of the Global Learners’ Forum on the work he is involved with in Wales in developing local learner forums. John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, will end the meeting by looking at people power, active participation and how learner forums fit into the idea of active citizenship.

There will be facilitated discussions for learners to have their say and look at what their role will be to use the toolkit and build the local learner voice.

Places are limited so please book your place online. If you require any accomodations to attend (alternative format matierials, sign language interpreter etc) please contact AONTAS as soon as possible at dlarkin@aontas.com or (01) 406 8220


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