Lifelong Learning Ambassadors empower others in their community to take part in learning activities. Picture: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick.
The vibrant Learning Ambassadors initiative links closely with the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival
By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew
Over the past two years, educational partnership Learning Limerick has rolled out Lifelong Learning Ambassador positions across the city and county.
The eight learning representatives play a vital role in supporting and developing learning opportunities for those of all ages and backgrounds in the Treaty County.
The Learning Limerick partnership, composed of members from Local Government, Higher Education, Local Development, Community Education and other areas, strives to advance Limerick as a learning region amongst other key Irish cities.
Learning Limerick is mainly known for its annual Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, which holds an impressive lineup of free learning events and educational activities for all.
“The festival includes a broad range of free events offering the general public an opportunity to take up new learning activities and skills,” explains Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival coordinator Yvonne Lane.
“Limerick also has a vibrant Learning Ambassadors initiative that links closely with the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival. This involves our Learning Ambassadors visiting festival events and helping us to promote the festival.”
There are currently three Ambassadors from Southhill and a further five from across the county. By participating in learning themselves, they inspire and empower others in their community to take part in learning activities. Lifelong Learning Ambassadors can help break down barriers to learning by sharing education stories from their own lives or the lives of people in their families and communities.
Ambassador Patricia Sheehan from Southill said of her role, “I became an Ambassador to show my family that lifelong learning is for everyone. Not just the young but the old as well. No matter what age you are, you can always learn something!”
Eileen Moloney added, “During my last few years as an ambassador, I have been able to join new groups in the community, be more creative and also meet other creative people.”
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