Community Education

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Community Education Programme.

The community education programme supports the development of Community Education across the county. This it does through the role of the Community Education Facilitator (CEF).

Community  & voluntary groups wishing to establish and deliver educational programmes in their own locality may contact the Community Education Facilitator.

What is community Education?

Community education is a process of empowerment rooted in the community . “ a process of communal education towards empowerment, both at an individual level and a collective level” (White paper 2000).

A key characteristic of the Community Education  model  is holding the lived experience of the participants  as the starting point. (Kavanagh 2007)

Who can take part in Community Education programmes?

Donegal ETB Community Education service works in partnership with Community groups and organisations to run a huge variety of courses .Examples  include  Art, ICT, Drama, Sign language, Crafts to name but a few.

The service  is available to the groups through the provision of grants and not through the provision of tuition hours. See downloads and contact details below.

Accreditation is promoted but not mandatory

The ethos of the programme is one of engaging with educationally disadvantaged adults and has a social inclusion focus.

What will a Community Education course cost?

The  Community Education  Support  Programme gives a contribution to the organising group towards tuition costs . Other costs pertaining  to the class  to be borne by the group and/ or class participants. These costs may include insurance, room rental, course materials etc.

Contact Details.

Postal Address : Community Education, Adult Education Services, Ardscoil na gCeithre Máistir, Tír Chonaill St, Donegal Town.

Phone Number : 074 9725520 / 074 9725522

Fax Number : 074 9725525.

Facilitator : Méabh Mhic Gairbheith.  -

Administrator to Community Education: Trisha Mc Guinness –

Downloads :

Grant Application Form,

Guidelines for Grant Completion,

Brochure on “Train the Trainer”.

Application Form for ‘Train the Trainer’