A series of videos featuring Learning Limerick Ambassadors has been launched to help spread the message that learning is not just confined to schoolchildren in the classroom.
The Ambassadors are Limerick people from all walks of life, united by a common interest in promoting, developing and celebrating learning in all its forms throughout Limerick city and county. Learning Ambassadors have participated in a Story Exchange training project with Narrative 4, which developed their skills to ‘tell their story’.
Following this training the ambassadors were interviewed on their stories and why they are passionate about being a Learning Ambassador. Their videos also show how learning is for people of all ages, from all areas and communities and with a wide variety of needs and interests. The series includes a core five-minute video and six shorter one-minute versions featuring the individual ambassadors’ interviews.
Speaking at the virtual launch of the videos, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins, said: “It is wonderful that the Ambassadors are willing to share their experiences and are happy to help others find opportunities for both formal and informal learning. Their own participation in learning is actually inspiring and empowering others to take part in learning activities. They are also helping to educate organisations and institutions involved in formal and informal learning about the learning needs and interests at the grassroots.”
“Their stories will inspire others and their enthusiasm for the future of the initiative for Learning Limerick shines through.”
Some of the ambassadors shared their reflections of the project with the group and their experience of lifelong learning.
As one of the Learning Ambassadors, Patricia Sheehan from Southill, says on the video: “I pass on things to show my kids and my grandkids what I do. I suppose I’ll be learning for the rest of my life.”
The ambassadors are welcoming, friendly and proud that Limerick is a Learning Region. They are helping to spread the word and promote the idea of lifelong learning and they are happy to help others find informal and formal opportunities for learning. They can help break down all sorts of barriers to learning, as their own inspiring stories and learning stories form the lives of people in their families and communities. The Learning Ambassadors are important as they can help put a friendly face on organisations involved with learning.
The member organisations of the Learning Limerick Ambassadors Sub-group, West Limerick Resources, the Limerick Integration Working Group, Limerick Mental Health Association and Southill Family Resource Centre have all been involved in supporting the ambassadors to participate in this latest video project. The video series was produced with support from the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme in PAUL Partnership (SICAP).
The launch coincides with UN Human Rights Day marking 70 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This also links closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); particularly SDG 4, which ‘ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Chair of the Learning Limerick Steering Group, said: “We are delighted to again showcase Limerick as an inspired UNESCO Learning Region for lifelong learning. This initiative connects us with our ambassadors telling their own inspiring stories of learning. The ambassadors are helping spread the word and promote the idea of lifelong learning in their own communities, workplaces and neighbourhoods. Through the format of online videos, this initiative and Learning Limerick has the opportunity to be promoted internationally and amongst our UNESCO Learning City partners.”
To view the learning videos, click here: Learning Ambassadors Video Series
To learn more about Learning Limerick, click here: Learning Limerick
Note: The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020