Community education is a process of learning and change. It takes place within the community and is based on the needs of individuals and their communities. It offers flexible, learning options for people in their own local areas.
The community education service facilitates and supports community-based education classes for a range of groups in local centres throughout Kilkenny and Carlow. Courses are provided in collaboration with various community groups, such as women’s groups, disability groups, active retirement groups and local development groups.
There are many tutors available and every effort will be made to meet the needs and requirements of the group, but it may not always be possible to meet the exact criteria of what each group requires. In such cases, suggestions will be made for suitable alternatives.
KCETB’s community education service supports the delivery of a broad range of education programmes in partnership with community providers/groups. Commitment towards the promotion and facilitation of lifelong learning, social inclusion and social/personal development in local communities is central to KCETB’s community education service.
Core principles of Adult and Community Education:
Community education programmes start with the lived experience of the learners and are located in their daily and social lives. Groups and individuals are facilitated in their learning and diverse learning needs and styles are supported. Community education places a strong emphasis on self-directed learning and critical thinking, where learners are provided with opportunities to experience success in their learning endeavours. Learner centredness, inclusiveness, community cohesion and collective participation are fundamental to community education programmes.