The Future of Lifelong Learning Event, 5th Oct 2009
Fast Track into Information Technology (FIT) Ltd. hosted an event entitled “ The Future of Lifelong Learning” in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Science buildings in Dublin 1 on Monday 5th October. This event highlighted the benefits and future possibilities of Lifelong Learning now and in the future.
Minister Sean Haughey T.D. opened the event with an address in which he stressed the importance of ICT and lifelong learning. “Lifelong learning provides learners with more self-confidence and promotes a more inclusive society and active citizenship.”
The Minister’s speech was followed but a number of presentations by individuals actively involved in EU funded Lifelong learning programmes. FIT is the project co-ordinator of five such EU projects at present and Maria Fojk, Lifelong Learning Programme Co-ordinator, FIT Ltd. gave an overview of how the EU funded Lifelong learning projects form a key part of FIT’s activities and achievements ;“The concept of Lifelong learning is embedded in the Fit model. In addition to the core role of training for employment FIT has pioneered new ways of helping people to access their abilities through many exciting projects”.
Other key speakers at the event included:
Wendy Hamilton, FIT board member and Area Vice President of Lionbridge Technologies who spoke about the importance of learning and acquiring new skills around new technologies throughout your career.
John Hogan, International Projects Support Service Manager, City of Dublin VEC who works with the International Projects Support Service in CDVEC spoke about the EU projects he is involved including : eTQF- pathways for teachers to develop their competency and attain qualification in the use of ICT in education.
Siobhán Wallace the Programme Officer at Léargas, responsible for Leonardo da Vinci Innovation and Partnership projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme highlighted the funding opportunities for the education sector
Darren O’Neill, South West College, NI, presented on use of the interactive whiteboard, notepads and other portable technologies in the classroom.
Attendees were invited to chat to speakers, FIT representatives and others during the morning and afternoon breaks.
Event press release