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Thursday 2 October 2014

'Learning Tree' kicks off week-long events

John Manning

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:32

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Amy O'Neill, Sandra King, Ewa Przywara, Leanne Robinson, Kate Nolan and Jennifer O'Brien at the Fingal Adult Education Service Aontas Learning Festival.
Ausinn Wynne and Valarie Beatty at the Fingal Adult Education Service Aontas Learning Festival.

A CELEBRATION of adult learning was held recently in Balbriggan when the Fingal Adult Education Service Balbriggan once again celebrated the Adult Learners' Festival.

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A CELEBRATION of adult learning was held recently in Balbriggan when the Fingal Adult Education Service Balbriggan once again celebrated the Adult Learners' Festival.

It was the eighth nationwide Adult Learners' Festival and it took place from February 24 to March 1, 2014.

The Adult Learners' Festival is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation.

In the last seven years, the Festival has become a firm fixture on the adult learning calendar with events taking place nationwide, including anything from information sessions, taster workshops, sample lectures to small gatherings of people who love to learn. The aim of the festival is to promote learning and engage new learners.

As part of the Fingal Adult Education Services programme of activities, a week-long festival was kicked off with the launch of the student events committee and 'learning tree'. An eco-green day was also held in the festival where tutors were not allowed photocopy and students had to be creative with ways of going green.

A display of work by horticulture students in Swords also featured in the festival.

The middle of the week-long festival saw 'Bring a Dish Day 'where all who contributed were entered into a draw for prizes while on Thursday participants were briefed on CV'S and job skills from local employer TESCO.

The adult education service also teamed up with the Balbriggan Summer Fest for Family Fortunes where students were the 'survey' in 'our survey says!' Friday was a day of celebration where all the students in Balbriggan 'Storm in a Tea Cup' hosted Pancake Friday and Valerie Beatty was presented with her FETAC Level 2 General Learning award and Lizzy Robinson from our Make-up Artistry course also celebrated her 21st birthday.

Additional prizes were sponsored by Sonairte, Aontas and Balbriggan Summer Fest.

The Fingal Adult Education Service, who have an open day coming up in May, offer a range of full-time and part time learning opportunities for adults in the North Fingal Area.

The service is currently recruiting for our September programmes, check out our website www.fingaladulteducation.ie or call 01 8417763 Balbriggan or 01 8408946 Swords.

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