1993-2019 LCEN CELEBRATING 26 YEARS
LCEN What We Do
Represent 15 organisations and 3000 adults in Limerick City.
Work collectively in the provision of Community Adult Education.
Share information, knowledge and resources and explore and share good practice within Community Education.
Support members in the provision of Quality Assured Community Education
Work in collaboration with local, regional and national organisations to advocate for Community Education
LCEN will provide a forum for those committed to Adult Community Education values by working together to share resources and good practice, avoiding duplication and raising awareness of the value of Adult Community Education. It will ensure that community education is resourced, valued and understood and that the highest standards for learners are
maintained at all times
Vision: Our vision is that all adults, including those experiencing social and economic exclusion, have access to quality learning opportunities in their own community.
8 Community Groups awarded FETAC Quality Assurance.
Published Research into the Social Value of Community education in collaboration with LCETB.
Membership of Aontas Community Education Network(CEN) and CEN steering group member.
Funding secured for Development worker.
Annual participants in Aontas and Lmerick Lifelong Learning Festivals.
Highlighting adult learner achievements through initiatives e.g. Production of Tackies, Rushers and Peggy’s leg booklet of childhood stories by adult learner.
Winners of Aontas STAR award in 2012 in recognition of the positive contribution LCEN has made to local community and society.
Winners of Best Performance entry in St. Patricks Day Parade
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AONTAS LEARNING FESTIVAL
LCEN MUSIC CAFE
LCEN want to celebrate community education by organising a Music Café promoting the many benefits of taking part in community music classes in the city.
We are inviting community music groups (singing groups, guitar or other instrumental groups) to take part in our Music Café. Come along and enjoy this morning of music and conversation as we celebrate learning in Limerick.
Community education takes place in a number of community based locations.
1 Northside Family resource
2 Limerick City CDP St Munchins.
3 Garryowen CDP.
4 Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre CDP.
5 Southill Family Resource Centre.
6 Southill Hub.
7 Tait House.
8 St Saviours Queen of Peace.
9 St Mary's Adult Ed
10 Moyross Adult Education
11 St Lelia's Age Friendly Community Education Campus.
A brief list of part time courses are as follows.
Cookery, Local History, Complementary Therapies,
Decoupage, Holiday Spanish, Irish, Drama and Communication, Web design, Beauty and Skin Care, Barbering, Cake Decoration, Literacy, Guarding Skills, Maths, Care Skills, Yoga, Tai Chi, Flower Arranging, Fitness, Creative writing, Personal Development, Reception and Front line Office,Furniture Restoration, Smart Phone Photography, and Driver Theory
Community Education is adult learning and social development in local communities. It is inclusive, locally-based, affordable, and is developed with communities in response to their needs and is aimed at improving educational opportunities and quality of life.
Community Education Limerick City
The model of community education that has evolved in Limerick City over the past 15 years can be described as a broad based, bottom-up, co-production model. Co-production is a process where professionals and citizens contribute their skills and expertise to service development. In doing so, it seeks to ensure that services are built on citizens’ strengths and respond effectively to their needs. Co-production moves beyond traditional forms of consultation towards active partnership and acknowledges “the expert by experience working alongside the expert by profession”15.
The model adopted in Limerick City has, since 2012, been informed by the Department of Education and Skills’ Operational Guidelines for Providers. These set out the definition and scope of Community Education and provide broad direction for its management and delivery. The Guidelines emphasise that community education enables civil society to play a key role in education, with local groups taking responsibility for organising courses, deciding on programme content and delivering tuition.
The Limerick City model of Community Education is multilayered, with interconnecting structures and processes across multiple stakeholders. This leads to highly collaborative, inclusive and community-led provision. Some important features are listed below.
Partnership (through co-production)
Limerick Community Education Network has been instrumental in the development of Limerick Learning Neighbourhoods
The LCEN were part of a contingency group that went to Cork to view the model of learning neighbourhoods. Cork city were very successful in developing a learning neighbourhoods model. The foundation of this concept occurred with a pilot project between the Cork City Learning Coordinator and UCC.
What is a Learning Neighbourhood ?
A learning Neighbourhood is enriched by the community concept, it values and promotes the idea of life long learning at any age or stage of life. Its an ongoing commitment to all types of learning both informal and formal. The commitment of all involved is to create a range of diverse learning opportunities. Groups, residents, clubs and business in a local neighbourhood can link together to find new locations or new audiences for the knowledge they wish to share.
How it is done.
Local Learning Neighbourhoods projects are led by neighbourhoods and community groups and they celebrate what is good in their area.
The Limerick Model of Learning Neighbourhoods is driven by the engine of local community pride of the four neighbourhoods.
Southside Learning Neighbourhood
St Mary's Learning Neighbourhood
City Centre Learning Neighbourhood
Reach out North Learning Neighbourhood
The Launch of Limerick Learning Neighbourhoods took place in the Abundant Life building on the 10th of April 2019
Limerick Learning Neighbourhoods Celebrated the Launch at the Abundant Life Build on the 10th of April 2019. It showcased the rich diversity of learning of culturally distinct neighbourhoods
Learning is an enjoyable life long Journey.
Historically neighbourhoods possess a rich culture of informal learning . Limerick has a strong tradition of informal teaching and learning in sports, music ,boat building just to name a few.
Presentation by LCEN AT CONFERENCE ON NON-FORMAL LEARNING IN AJDOVSCINA, SLOVENIA
AONTAS BLOG Posted on May 31, 2017 at 03:56 PM
Sharing Best Practice with Malta
AONTAS hosted a Maltese Study Visit in order to share best practice with other EU member states. As part of the study visit, Christianne Fenech, Project Manager in the Ministry of Education & Employment visited Ireland for three days to focus on her specific areas of interest including: workplace learners, family literacy and engaging with employers. AONTAS travelled with Christianne to Limerick to visit some of the fantastic community education groups based in Limerick who are also a part of the Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), longstanding AONTAS members.
Moyross Adult Education Group
Moyross Adult Education Group held an award ceremony to celebrate the participation of their adult learners. Local author, Helena Close gave a moving opening address about her personal story with education. At 19 year old, Helena dropped out of college and since then, always felt left out. She then decided to return to education in 2014 undertaking a Masters in Creative Writing. During her Masters, her 16 year old was diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma and this was a very difficult time for her family. After a lot of personal debate, she decided to carry on with her education:
“The return to education and studying got me through, to focus on something else other than illness was a gift, better than any anti-depressants…using your brain and challenging yourself is hard but you feel so, so good.”
Helena is a published author, with over seven novels and is now working on a television series and two plays. She believes education is “great fun”:
“You have fabulous facilities, use them and challenge yourself, do the thing that scares you the most. Never let age be a factor, education is ongoing, it's Lifelong and most importantly, it’s fun - particularly in a setting like here!”
Helena closed her address by quoting words of Limerick poet and academic, Desmond O’Grady: “Live full lives and leave some records”. With this in mind Helena called for learners to “do the hard things, challenge yourselves! You can do it”. Helena presented over twenty learners with certificates of participation for accredited and non-accredited courses. There was also course demonstrations such as thai-chi and displays of fantastic work created by learners throughout the year. Some young mothers receiving awards also brought their children to the ceremony and it was so important for their young children to see their mothers’ success at first hand.
Our Lady Queen of Peace
We then travelled to Our lady Queen of Peace primary school in the heart of Limerick. We met with the Home School Community Liaison, Kate Russell to find out more about her family learning initiatives in the school. Kate plays a key role in the development of both the lives of the children and parents at ‘Our Lady Queen of Peace’. In addition to organising courses for parents such as the Incredible Years Parenting Programme, she also implemented numerous classroom initiatives such as the successful ‘Kids Talk’ language programme in Junior Infants. Some other family learning initiatives include the ‘Dads and Lads’ and ‘Mams and Gals’ groups – where parents or guardians can work with children to help strengthen communication, share skills through intergenerational learning and bond. The ‘Dads and Lads’ group designed, built and decorated bird feeders which proudly adorned the walls of the play areas in Our Lady Queen of Peace.
AONTAS was delighted to travel to Limerick to support the work of our members and highlight their work as best practice to our European counterparts. A big thank you to Moyross Adult Education Group and the Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN).