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ERIC Number: EJ874276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
The Education Equality Initiative and the Citizen Learner
Shannon, Denise
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p69-77 2005
The Education Equality Initiative (EEI) has been established by the Department of Education and Science in an attempt to address educational disadvantage through the strategic allocation of funding to promote equality of access, treatment and outcomes within a lifelong learning framework for individuals and groups. The aim of this initiative is to develop and assist women's and men's education projects to address gaps in current provision for educationally disadvantaged adults by: (1) undertaking outreach and pre-development work; (2) building local capacity; (3) developing support structures; (4) accrediting learning; (5) encouraging partnerships; (6) analysing and informing policy; (7) mainstreaming learning processes; (8) enabling progression; and (9) supporting participants on programmes to shape their educational futures. In Phase 1 of the EEI (EEI 1) from 2000-2003, seventeen projects were funded while a further ten projects have been funded under Phase 2 (EEI 2). The approach adopted by EEI is to fund a small number of pilot projects which address the learning needs of educationally disadvantaged individuals within a range of specific target groups. The overall goal is to ensure that the learning and good practice in relation to educational disadvantage generated by the projects are identified, documented, analysed and disseminated throughout the adult education community, locally and nationally. The ultimate aim is to embed the lessons in policy and practice, thus improving provision for educationally disadvantaged adults and promoting educational equality. The Initiative, which is funded by the Further Education Section of the Department of Education and Science through The National Development Plan 2000-2006 with support from the European Structural Funds, has a budget of 3.5 million euros. This article looks at how these adult education projects are contributing to the development of active citizenship for very marginalised groups in the society. Their focus is, through a process of educational engagement, to highlight the needs of specific groups within communities and to provide the supports necessary for their ongoing participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland