AONTAS Lifelong Learning Event

Wednesday, 24 November, 2021 - 09:30 to 12:30
AONTAS Lifelong Learning Event

The AONTAS Lifelong Learning Event will take place online on the 24th of November between 9:30am-12:30pm. The event will focus on themes of educational equality, flexible learning and the role of adult learning in addressing and overcoming challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and Professor Ellen Boeren of the School of Education will be a keynote speaker.

The aim of the Event

The event aims to recognise the need and value of lifelong learning as an investment in the citizens of Europe. In addition, it will seek to strengthen the profile of adult education through building awareness and understanding of the impact of diverse learning pathways; and their capacity to include and support marginalised and vulnerable adults who have previously been excluded and/or hard to reach in formal education systems.


The EAAL Project

AONTAS is the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) in Ireland since 2014. Our current project is titled Adult and Community Education: Supported Learner Pathways 2020-2021. This project aims to develop innovative and community-based methods, identify the needs of learners, and develop policy recommendations for engaging vulnerable and marginalised adults in Irish adult education. This will involve a framework of activities that collectively analyse and build an understanding of current learner pathways in Ireland, develop new models of best practice, and offer clear policy solutions to Irish and European policymakers.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and co-financed by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science through SOLAS.

For more information about the project, please check:


Agenda (subject to change)

  • 9.30am - Welcome and Introductions - AONTAS CEO, Niamh O'Reilly; AONTAS Chair, John D'Arcy
  • 9.40am - Highlights from EAAL project 2020 - 2021
  • 9.50am - Keynote Speaker - Prof Ellen Boeren, Professor in Education and Director of Research at the University of Glasgow School of Education
  • 10.20am - Panel Discussion on Educational Equality - Representation of diverse range of communities
  • 11.15am - Comfort break
  • 11.30am - Reflections on Flexible Learning - Eline Wigdel, Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, Norway
  • 11.45am - Flexible Learning Offers in Finland - Erno Hyvönen, Project coordinator at Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
  • 12.05pm - Q&A / Breakout Sessions
  • 12.30pm - Wrap-up and close - including graphic harvest reveal
Please get in touch with Ecem Akarca, AONTAS EU Projects Officer, at [email protected].

Register for this event


Contact details:
Tel: 01 406 8220
Email: [email protected]

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