Offaly adult learning providers open their doors for Adult Learners’ Festival

Justin Kelly

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Offaly adult learning providers open their doors for Adult Learners’ Festival

Offaly adult learning providers open their doors for Adult Learners’ Festival

With free open days, events, and workshops on a range of topics from chess to knitting, adult learning providers are throwing open their doors next week and encouraging people to discover the everyday learning opportunities happening in Offaly as part of the Adult Learners’ Festival 2019. 

Coordinated by AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation, events will take place in a variety of settings during the week-long celebration of learning from March 4-8. The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Every Day I’m Learning’.

Commenting on the Festival programme, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “Over the past 13 years, 6,000 adult learning events have taken place nationwide as part of the annual Adult Learner’s Festival. For many adult learners, a Festival event was their first step back into education."

"This week, we’re encouraging adults in Offaly and throughout the country to rediscover learning by attending an event. It can feel daunting at first but there is no need to be nervous returning to education as an adult; it’s very different to school.

“The Festival showcases the diversity of learning options available. From community education to a course at your local Education and Training Board (ETB) to university, there is something for everyone. We hope that the wide range of events available will encourage adults to try something new.”

The full programme of events for the Festival is available at www.onestepup.ie

The Adult Learners’ Festival takes place at the same time as the Belfast Festival of Learning while Lifelong Learning Festivals take place in Cork and Limerick in April.