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Community Education

Community Education

Kerry ETB in conjunction with the community and voluntary sector, organise and deliver courses in the villages and parishes of County Kerry. This ensures that all adults in Kerry have an opportunity to participate in adult education programmes.

Kerry ETB’s Community Education Programme
Reach Fund 2022
Kerry ETB’s Community Education Programme

Kerry ETB’s Community Education Programme

  • The Community Education Programme aims to create an openness to alternative structures and sharing in learning rather than competing in it.
  • Community Education also aims to locate personal, individual experiences within the broader social and political context. Community Education promotes learning that supports individuals and groups to address issues in their community and empowers the development of a group of adults who have the confidence to participate as active citizens.
  • Kerry ETB’s Community Education Facilitator has solid links with the community and voluntary sector, schools and FET centres.
  • Kerry ETB delivers educational opportunities that are accessible, flexible in nature and are designed in consultation with the learners in over 100 community venues in Kerry.
  • Kerry ETB understands the needs of the community and voluntary sector, this value is deeply embedded in Kerry ETB and results in over 150 groups applying for Community Education provision annually.
Eligible Groups Examples of Programmes
  • Women’s Groups
  • Men’s Groups
  • People with a disability
  • Carers
  • One Parent families
  • Older Peoples groups
  • Unemployed and their Dependents
  • Ex-Offenders
  • Migrants/Refugees/Asylum Seekers
  • Members of the Travelling Community
  • Homeless
  • Substance Misusers
  • Community and voluntary Groups
  • Recovery and Support groups ,
  • Community Environmental groups
  • Personal Development & Assertiveness
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Parenting Skills
  • Basic Retail Skills
  • Community Entrepreneurship
  • Committee Skills
  • Planning for your Community
  • Active Citizenship Initiatives
  • Development Education
  • Community Horticulture, environmental Initiatives
  • Advocacy and Integration Initiatives
  • IT for family, community benefits including, Learn to use your tablet, Introduction to using a desktop, Learn to use online platforms, Support to community groups to learn to use Zoom and Microsoft Teams

Community Education…

  • Is rooted in equality, justice and empowerment
  • Creates a voice for those who are furthest from the education system
  • Is about social inclusion in its broadest sense
  • Is needs based, driven by the community and reflective of lived experiences
  • Recognises the value of accredited and non-accredited learning
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Is learner centred, flexible, supportive, and developmental
  • Is facilitative, group focused and open to new things
  • Centres on relationship building

Community Education Programme Small Cultural/Workshop Grant Application Form

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Community Education Application Form

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Reach Fund 2022

Reach Fund

The aim of the Reach fund (formerly MAEDF) is to provide funding to support educationally disadvantaged learners in accessing and participating in community education. It aims to increase the participation of disadvantaged learners, particularly those who are undertaking literacy and skills programmes.

The fund has a strong focus on building the digital infrastructure of community education providers, including providing devices and software, and increasing their capacity to deliver learning. The fund was specifically designed to tackle inequalities and support access to community education, and also intended to address specific actions in the Adult Literacy for Life (ALL) Strategy to target funding on access to technology and devices, expand community access to Wi-Fi and broadband resources and to directly address unmet literacy needs.

For further details, contact Michelle Anne Houlihan, Community Education Facilitator.


Reach Fund Guidelines

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External Application Form for REACH Funding

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External Application Form for REACH Funding for Community and Voluntary Groups with No Paid Staff

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Apply for a Course

Community Education

For more details please contact Michelle Anne Houlihan, Community Education Facilitator on 066 712 1488 or

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