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Learn more about the work of DCAL Learning Forum

19/02/14

Promoting networking and sharing of ideas to support life-long learning

The DCAL Learning Strategy aims to contribute to and support the creativity and lifelong learning agenda, by developing the capacities of all our people for creativity and innovation, and so promote and sustain the social, cultural and economic well-being of Northern Ireland.

The DCAL Learning Forum allows members of the DCAL 'family' and a wide range of learning organisations and other stakeholders to network and share ideas for future development of education and community based learning.

The Learning Forum consists of regular meetings in which DCAL Arm-Length Bodies (ALBs) such as Libraries NI, National Museums NI, the Armagh Obersvatory and Planetarium, W5 and Northern Ireland Screen etc. They meet with an agenda of promoting inclusion and dissemination of good practice. Various themes are usually covered at each Learning Forum meeting, such as self-evaluation, monitoring projects and tackling disadvantage. There are opportunities for organisations which may be doing related work to discuss potential new partnerships, as well as discovering areas of overlap and synergy where new projects can take shape from combined expertise.

Examples include Age NI helping National Museums Northern Ireland connect with older people through an outreach project, and the Nerve Centre demonstrating the educational value of iPads and mobile devices for young people.

DCAL's vision is to contribute to and support the lifelong learning agenda by developing creative capacity and improving educational attainment for all people in Northern Ireland. The DCAL Learning Forum plays a key role in realising this vision.

For further information contact:

Gerry Kelly
Strategic Learning Coordinator DCAL
T: 028 9043 1266, E: Gerry.Kelly@librariesni.org.uk