AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival 2nd – 6th March 2020

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The 2020 AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival takes place from the 2nd – 6th March 2020.

The festival aims to encourage adults in Ireland to explore the local learning options available to them through a week-long programme of events and adult learning promotion throughout the country.


This is the 14th year of the festival and reflects AONTAS’ commitment to, and celebration of, lifelong learning. We will once again be collaborating with the Belfast Festival of Learning to highlight their programme of events and to ensure an all-island approach. We are encouraging all; groups, organisations and initiatives to get involved and promote their activities during this week.


Learning for Life

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Learning for Life’#LearningForLife. The festival title honours the twenty year anniversary of the Learning for Life: White paper on Adult Education. The Adult Learners’ Festival is an important platform to highlight the opportunities for everyday learning that happen in a diverse range of settings all over Ireland, from community groups, colleges and learning centres to homes, sports and recreation clubs and places of work. The opportunity to learn throughout all stages of life is one that we support and we encourage you to get involved in the celebration.


Why should you get involved?

The Adult Learners’ Festival is a celebration of the opportunities adult learning can bring to the public. Learning new skills such as CPR, knitting, computers, sports coaching, and wellbeing are all opportunities to help people learn, connect and become part of a wider community. The festival is designed to promote and celebrate all types of adult learning and we want to promote your opportunity during this important week.


If you already have an existing free event, are already planning an event, would like to plan an event or have numerous events you would like to highlight, AONTAS will help you promote your event to learners locally and across Ireland.


 How groups can get involved?

Be part of the Festival by holding an event. AONTAS has the following supports to help make your event extra special:

  • Online Hosting site for your event
  • Free ‘Event in a Bag’ promotional pack for every event
  • Online Communication Toolkit


You can find out more by visiting the festival page here. AONTAS is running a national radio advertising campaign for the Festival and, where possible, we will include your event(s) as part of our social media campaign.



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