Community Education


Kerry Education Service's Community Education programme aims to provide locally based education programme that is responsive to the local community's needs.  A programme that is accessible, inclusive and culturally appropriate will be developed in consultation with the local community.  The Community Education Programme is learning that takes place in the community, embraces the principals of empowerment, consideration, collective consciousness, social justice and equality of access.

Admission Policy
The Community Education Programme, under Kerry Education Service, provides part time learning courses to community groups in response to local needs. 

Community Education Programmes are delivered to:
Men's Groups
Pre-capacity groups - developing community based learning
Disadvantaged Urban Communities
Estate Management Groups
Family Resource Centres
Isolated Rural Communities
People Parenting Alone
Programmes for Older People
Programmes working with people with disabilities
Programmes working with Travellers and other Ethnic Minority Groups
Women's Groups
Community Networks

Examples of Community Education Programmes:
Personal Development
Arts & Crafts
Parenting Skills
Community Health
Committee Skills
Planning for your community
Introduction to Computers
Citizens information
Development Education
Community Education is education and learning that promotes equality, empowerment, peer learning and active citizenship.  Community Education is designed in consultation with the group and is flexible in both its design and implementation.  Community Education under the auspices of KES recognises the community and voluntary sector as an important partner in Education Provision.

Entry Arrangements for Learning under the Community Education Programme
There are no entry requirements for courses delivered under the community education programme.

Applying for Learning under the Community Education Programme

Step 1. Making Contact
Community Groups should contact the Centre Manager at their local KES Adult Education Centre or Catchment District Officer attached to their area to have an initial discussion about their group's aims and how courses delivered through Community Education would support their objectives.

Step 2. Application Form
Community groups must complete an application form setting out details of their identified learning need.  Groups can be assisted to complete their application form where required.
We require each learner to read the KES Equal Opportunities Policy, and having fully understood the requirement set out by the policy to sign the agreement to uphold the policy as a participant on a course delivered under the Kerry Education Service Community Education Programme.

Application Form
Please download and complete the Application Form  for Community Education Programmes and return to the address below. For a copy of the Application Form in irish, please download the following Form Iarratais.

Michelle-Anne Houlihan is the Community Education Facilitator for Kerry Education Service.
For Information on organising courses locally for Community Groups please contact Michael Broderick at the centre, click here for contact details.

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