The new learning journey in the Adult Learning Service, LMETB
Louth and Meath Education and Training Board’s (LMETB) Adult Learning Service like many other agencies in the area had to completely change the way they deliver their services in recent months. Free online classes being delivered are an example of the dedication and creativity of the team of tutors in King Street and Chapel Street centres during the Covid 19 pandemic. A range of online options have been developed as a response to the closure of the centres due to the lockdown.
The Adult Literacy Organizer, Kinga Byrne acknowledged that in order to facilitate the ongoing learning for clients of the service “we had to approach teaching and learning in a very different way and creativity was a key factor in the process of engaging with our learners. Not all learners have access to technology, so we have used work packs, Youtube videos, phone calls and text messages to ensure engagement with as many of our learners as possible. The continuation of the classes could only have been achieved thanks to the commitment of our amazing staff who have not given up during these challenging times.”
Kinga went on to describe some of the courses which have been offered since the centre closed. “A full range of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language), Literacy, Maths and Computer courses have been offered to clients and the attendance level in these courses has been very high. Learners who have access to technology have their classes on online platforms such as Zoom and Skype and these have proven to be very successful. The learning curve was steep for both our learners and tutors and we were all in the process together.”
As part of their family learning program the Adult Learning Service, LMETB, have also reached out to schools and parents at this difficult time. They have offered a range of courses to both primary and post primary schools and one of the courses which has proved exceptionally popular was Prepare your Child for Secondary School, a programme to support parents and students in their transition from primary to post primary school. Tutors from Adult Learning Service, LMETB, have delivered these courses to parents in St. Oliver’s Community College, Balymakenny Primary School, Bush Post Primary, Ardee Community School, O’Fiaich College and Scoil Ui Mhuiri. In the month of May, over 100 parents have participated in these courses. The Adult Learning Service would like to thank both parents and the Home School Liaison teachers in the schools, as without their partnership these courses would not have taken place.
Kinga also stated “Even though both tutors and learners are enjoying the online experience, we are looking forward to returning to our face to face interaction with both our existing and new learners from September onwards.” If you are interested in availing of FREE classes in September 2020 with Adult Learning Service, LMETB, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Adult Learning Service is funded by the Department of Education and Skills, with assistance from the European Social Fund.