ALOA AGM 2019 Celebrating 20 years

The ALOA had their annual AGM in Piper’s Hill on 9th May, 2019. At the AGM, following the Secretary and Treasurer’s reports, we thanked Tara Kelly and Margot Walsh for their outstanding work on the Executive and welcomed new members, Aidan McCloskey and Kevin Kelly. Alison Jones, as Chair, thanked all members of the Executive for their hard work over the year and briefed all ALOs present on the activities of the ALOA Executive and the national position regarding associations. The exemplary work of Marian Lynch, Adult Literacy National Co-ordinator, was also acknowledged and a presentation made to Ciarán Lynch on her behalf. There were no resolutions this year. For the first time Mentimeter was used to ask ALOS to best describe their role. Here is the result:

The event marked our 20 year anniversary as an association so was followed by a celebration of our success with presentations from ALOs past and present. Frances Ward and Pat Ayton presented their short history of Adult Literacy Provision and the foundation of the ALOA from the early days, explaining step by step all the events that have led up to the present day Literacy Service. A copy of their short book was distributed and is available to download.

Four other presentations detailed areas of success across the country and included:

  • Family Learning, Mary Flanagan LCETB
  • ESOL, Michael Donohoe, CMETB
  • Integrating Literacy and TEL for Apprentice Support, Alison Jones, GRETB,
  • Finally, A History of Adult Literacy in Donegal, presented by Adele McElhinney, captivated the audience with this short video:
Bray Adult Learning Centre – Integrating Digital Education in Adult Literacy

Bray Adult Learning Centre are taking part in a KA2 Strategic Partnership called IDEAL – Integrating Digital Education in Adult Literacy.  Four staff members attended a transnational teaching and training event in Helsinki in October 2016.

The project involves sharing good practice and exploring the use of digital technology in teaching adults basic skills. They are developing the use of the interactive whiteboard and a workshop was held on this in Helsinki.

Check out the video below:


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IRISH TV Cavan Maters - ALOA

Karina meets with Dace who is the manager of a local restaurant and bakery in the centre of Cavan Town. She explains how this venture is going and tells us about the support of the community.

We move then to the Cavan Adult Learning Centre where the local ETB is based. Karina chats to three trainees – Stephen, Sharon and Michael – who have gone back to adult education.

We learn how this has changed their lives. She also visits the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell where the Annual Adult Literacy Organisers Association (ALOA) Conference is taking place.

We talk to chairperson, Siobhan McEntee, along with Martin O’Brien, the CEO of Cavan / Monaghan ETB, and Aoife McCormack from Kerry ETB.

Finally, Karina gets a work out at the CrossFit Centre in Cavan. She chats to Barry Murphy about these fitness classes and what they provide its members.

Check out ALOA on IRISHTV here. Info starts at 5.52 minutes in.