Aontas Adult Learners’ Festival March 2017

As part of Aontas Adult Learners’ Festival, Adult Guidance Services throughout the country were busy holding events to inform people of their educational opportunities. Our Wexford Service held a big event in the Arts Centre, entitled, The Power and Joy of Learning, which attracted over 90 people. The guest speaker on the day gave a motivating presentation on the theory of adult education relating it to the theme of ‘The Power and Joy of Learning’. This was followed by a panel interview of four adults who gave testimonials about their journey (1) someone currently doing an insurance apprenticeship with Zurich (2) a ESOL learner who progressed to complete a Business Admin course through VTOS (3) a carpenter who is on a VTOS GAA training programme and (4) an adult who is now in a the 2nd year of a B.A. Arts degree in Waterford Institute of Technology.
There were also pop-up workshops where people had the opportunity to decorate cupcakes, contribute to an art piece using glass paints and there were exhibits from groups who have completed mosaic work and puppet-making.

Positive feedback showed people gained a new perspective on the Power and Joy of Learning and it also worked well to bring greater awareness of supports offered through the Co. Wexford Adult Educational Guidance Service.