A Week to Celebrate Learning!

It has been a wonderful few days of workshops and learning trails as here in DALC we launched Dublin’s first Learning Neighbourhood as part of the Dublin Learning City festival.

On Monday, we had a visit from Dublin’s Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland. Mary Maher, our director, spoke about the potential for learning in the North Inner City and everything that was on offer. Three of our students Audrey, Coolio and Martin spoke about their experiences of coming back to learning. They spoke about how they never got the opportunity to enjoy learning until they returned to classes as adults – to do reading, writing, further education but also cookery and art. Their words were met with applause from everyone who was at the event and served as an inspiration to anyone thinking of taking that step to learning.

On Tuesday, Alan Brogan launched the book written by Columba with her partner in rhyme Rose. The book entitled “Round Dublin and Back with Jess and Jack” is a rhyming tale of children living in the city and enjoying it as their playground. They were joined by children from the local school for a reading by one of our adult students Denis.

On Wednesday, we had a learning trail which was a chance for people to join a variety of events! Some groups went to the ILAC Library and The Hugh Lane gallery. Our DALC tutors give us a taste below of what else was happening:

“We had a wonderful morning in Parnell Centre where we did Tai Chi with Ross and had some smoothies with Lyndsey! Then we strolled over to HACE (Daughters of Charity Community Services) on Henrietta Street. In HACE we enjoyed a showcase of their learners work and then attended the family history and genealogy workshop. It was really interesting as they were looking at the 1901 / 1911 census form of their building. Wonderful and interesting morning. The students really enjoyed it!” Miriam

“We had an open day for people to visit DALC! I gave some context on Georgian Dublin, showed a slideshow presentation of the history of number 3 Mountjoy Square and talked through it, focusing on Walter Cole. I finished up by bringing the group around the building, pointing out the areas of interest.” Pat

“I went to Caspr (Community After School Programme) as part of the learning trail. They operate crèches and after schools programmes in the area, as well as providing childcare training to QQI Level 5/6 in their centre in Portland Square. A hidden gem of a building, formerly operating as a rent collection office for Dublin Corporation, then the HQ of the Dublin Schoolboys soccer league.” Trish

“I went to Charleville Mall Library to the North Strand Bombings exhibition. We had a chat about the people who died and about the impact on the area. Then I went to LYCS where I learned about their work in Global Citizenship Education.”  Lisa

There are so many opportunities for education in the area. Let’s hope people step on the road to learning!

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