LMETB – Providing Education and Training to Learners Aged 1 to 92 and Beyond

Personal development has many important elements, of which learning could be regarded as the most important. Everything we experience, read, and connect with expands our knowledge and teaches us something new. Education should be continuous and not bound by a certain age bracket or restriction, the seeking of knowledge is a never-ending journey which begins at birth and continues right into old age.

LMETB delivers education and training to learners at all ages. Two current examples of learners at opposite ends of theage spectrum are one year old Cian Boylan from Navan and ninety-two year old Mrs. Josephine McElhinney who lives in Athboy.

Cian is participating in Baby and Toddler Sessions though the LMETB Music Generation programme. Cian’s mother Tracy commented that “We first signed up for music classes in February with Music Generation Meath’s Baby and Toddler Sessions. I knew immediately that I’d be signing up for any following classes. I’m finding the classes good for Cian, giving him a
chance to see other babies and to interact safely during this pandemic. Their songs, their delivery, and how they’re acted out are brilliant, and his attention is held throughout; much more than I expected of a 15-month-old who never wants to rest. Not only is Cian enjoying the classes, but I enjoy them and find them well organised. They’re enjoyable, not only for the babies, but also for all the mammy’s involved, and I look forward to them each morning. It’s a pleasurable activity during these Covid-19 times, so it’s great to have them to look forward to.

Mrs. Josephine McElhinney, hale and hearty at 92 years of age, is undertaking a one-to-one tutor supported service as part of the ‘Stay Connected Programme’ provided by LMETB’s Community Education Service. Mrs. McElhinney is learning how to use Zoom to help her keep in contact with her family, friends, and the local Athboy Community Group in these times of restrictions on travel and visits. Mrs. McElhinney explained that “Our community group are used to meeting once a week prior to the pandemic but has now moved to a weekly meeting on Zoom each Monday. So, it’s been a nice way to keep in touch with everyone”. Mrs. McElhinney notes that before the classes she was unable to get both the audio and
video to work at the same time through Zoom, but after her recent lesson she can now use both just fine.

During these uncertain times where opportunities for personal connection and contact are limited, the ability to partake in online learning gives participants the facility to continue with their education and training whilst still maintaining vitally important social interaction. It is important that people have the opportunity to participate and understand how online
learning can benefit and enrich quality of life in this current COVID restricted time.

You can obtain information on LMETB’s Further Education and Training courses and programmes available in your area at www.fetchcourses.ie. Advice and information is available from LMETB’s Guidance and information service which can be contacted by emailing maegs@lmetb.ie or laegis@lmetb.ie or by calling 087 2300195 or 1800 991 898.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. We strive to transform children and young people’s lives by giving them opportunities to create, play and perform music in their own communities and on their own terms. LMETB is the Lead Partner of Music Generation Meath and Music Generation Louth. More information can be found at www.musicgenerationmeath.ie and www.musicgenerationlouth.ie.