Adult Learners Festival from March 5th-12th

A programme of events celebrating adult learning were announced for Waterford last week, forming part of the 12th annual Adult Learners’ Festival which takes place nationwide from March 5th to 9th.

Pictured at the launch of the 12th annual Adult Learners' Festival were RTE's Marty Morrissey and learners from Warrenmount Community Education Centre (Dublin), Mary Madigan (76) and Tony Buckley (85).				  | Photo: Marc O'Sullivan

Pictured at the launch of the 12th annual Adult Learners' Festival were RTE's Marty Morrissey and learners from Warrenmount Community Education Centre (Dublin), Mary Madigan (76) and Tony Buckley (85). | Photo: Marc O'Sullivan


The Adult Learners’ Festival is organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, and is a week-long celebration of adult learning. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Love Lifelong Learning”, and hundreds of information events, classes and workshops will be taking place across the island of Ireland throughout the week. Marty Morrissey was unveiled as the special guest at the STAR Awards, which will take place during the festival and awards excellence among adult learning organisations.
Highlights of the events programme for Waterford include a free dance class; a coffee morning displaying adult learners’ work; a guitar workshop for beginners; among others.

Commenting at the launch, AONTAS Chief Executive Niamh O’Reilly stated: “For somebody who may have been out of education for a long time, or who had negative educational experiences in the past, it can be a hugely daunting step. Our annual Adult Learners’ Festival is an opportunity to showcase the diversity of learning options available to people in Waterford, whether community education, their local Education and Training Board (ETB) or higher education institution, there is something for everyone. Learners can ease themselves back into education with a taste of some of the programmes on offer in a welcoming setting.
“There’ll be hundreds of free events taking place during the festival so we are encouraging everyone in Waterford thinking of returning to learning to attend an event and see what’s on offer to them. The transformative effect that education can have on individuals, families and communities can be extremely powerful.”

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