EU project meetings in Germany and Spain

Adult learners and tutors from the Portlaoise Adult Education Centre recently represented the Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (ETB) in Germany and Spain as part of a Léargas Grundtvig European Learning Partnership project ‘How to Educate learners through peer-mentoring’.

The first project meeting took place in Germany at the Ottilie-Schoenewald-Weiterbildungskolleg der Stadt Bochum (OSW).  This is a college of Further Education that gives adult learners a second chance to complete any kind of leaving certificate examination.  The second meeting took place at the CEPA Adult Learning Centre in Tenerife, Spain.  Similar to the Portlaoise Adult Education Centre the CEPA Güímar offers a variety of part-time courses for adults who wish to return to learning.  In preparation for the meeting in Spain adult learners participated in a skype conference with Spanish students.

According to Sandra Doyle this learning partnership project offers ‘a wonderful opportunity for learners and tutors to share ideas, information, knowledge and good practice with our European counterparts.  It has also given people the opportunity to participate in peer mentoring activities that promote active citizenship amongst all learners and tutors accessing the centre.’  Kathleen Dunne, adult literacy organiser, said: “A lot of hard work goes into a project this size.  It has presented a great platform to meet and share good working practice with our European colleagues.”

Visit the EU Grundtvig Partnership Project website at: www.peer-mentoring.eu

 

Adult learner Maura Brophy participating in a skype conference with the adult education centre in Tenerife prior to the Grundtvig EU project meeting in Spain

Adult learner Maura Brophy participating in a skype conference with the adult education centre in Tenerife prior to the Grundtvig EU project meeting in Spain

 

Thérèse Glennon (left), Sandra Doyle (centre) and Kathleen Carroll (right) accepting a gift for the Portlaoise Adult Education Centre, Laois & Offaly ETB from Ms Carmen Luisa Castro Dorta, Mayor of Güímar and Ms María Dolores Rodríguez Pérez, Councillor of Culture, Agriculture, Education and Heritage,  Güímar, Tenerife, Spain.

Thérèse Glennon (left), Sandra Doyle (centre) and Kathleen Carroll (right) accepting a gift for the Portlaoise Adult Education Centre, Laois & Offaly ETB from Ms Carmen Luisa Castro Dorta, Mayor of Güímar and Ms María Dolores Rodríguez Pérez, Councillor of Culture, Agriculture, Education and Heritage, Güímar, Tenerife, Spain.

 Padraig Hennessy (tutor), Frances Hogan (adult learner) and Jolanta Gudauskiene (ESOL learner) presenting a piece of Mountmellick lace to Dr. Heinrich Brinkmoller-Becker (Headmaster) and Mr. Schulze-Bramey (Deputy Headmaster) from the Ottilie Schoenwald Weiterbildungskolleg, Further Education Centre, Bochum, Germany

Padraig Hennessy (tutor), Frances Hogan (adult learner) and Jolanta Gudauskiene (ESOL learner) presenting a piece of Mountmellick lace to Dr. Heinrich Brinkmoller-Becker (Headmaster) and Mr. Schulze-Bramey (Deputy Headmaster) from the Ottilie Schoenwald Weiterbildungskolleg, Further Education Centre, Bochum, Germany