“I’m a FET Learner” Booklet Launch

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You are invited to the the Launch of the I’m a FET Learner Booklet – A Celebration of Learner Voice and the National FET Learner Forum.
When: 16th December 2020
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am

Location: online via Zoom”I’m a FET Learner” is an AONTAS booklet capturing the experiences of ten Further Education and Training (FET) learners who participated in the National FET Learner Forum over the course of its existence from 2016 to 2020. The purpose of this booklet is to capture the individual impact of the Forum according to learners who have taken part. For many, the Forum is a stepping stone to further, deeper learner voice engagement. This event will celebrate the achievements of these learners and their contributions to the National FET Learner Forum and beyond. The event will be learner-led. It will also include a stakeholder panel discussion on the importance of learner voice in policy making and the value of learner voice in the Irish adult education sector.

A digital copy of the booklet may be downloaded here.

“I’m a FET Learner” Booklet Launch – A Celebration of Learner Voice

When: 16th December 2020

Time: 10.00am-11.30pm

Location: online via Zoom


10.00-10.05    Welcome and Warm-Up

Learner, Una Buckley
10.05-10.10    Opening remarks and introduction of booklet
Niamh O’Reilly, AONTAS CEO
10.10-10.15     Input from Minister Simon Harris TD via Video Link
10.15-10.30    Andrew Brownlee’s input with questions from Learners: Nancy Poyton and Innocent Iroaganachi
Questions will focus on learner voice and the value of the National FET Learner Forum
10.30-10.50     Importance of Learner Voice and the Forum, Learners – Niamh Becton, Noel Hanrahan, Kevin Hanly, Liam Shortall
Learners will focus on the value of Forum, what the experience meant to them and what they have done since
10.50-11.05     Learner facilitated stakeholder panel
Learner Voice and Policy Change Panelists: John Kearney, Chief Executive of Cavan and Monaghan ETB; Roisín Morris-Drennan, Senior Quality Officer at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI); Phil O’Flaherty, Principal Officer, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; Maud Baritaud, Planning and Evaluation Officer, Limerick and Clare ETB
Chaired by Learner, Daniel Kenny
This session will focus on how the Forum has led to change – seeking examples of action
11.05-11.10    Beyond Learner Voice – Joy Tendai-Kangere

Joy-Tendai Kangere, AONTAS Board member, to provide insight into the impact and value of learner voice to learners and communities beyond policy change

11.10-11.15    Learner Voice Poem
Learner, Noeleen Watson
11.15-11:25    Closing Remarks
Tara Farrell, AONTAS Chairperson
11:25-11:30    Official Close and thanks
Learner, Una Buckley 

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