Working Outside Northern Ireland
Southern Border Counties Work
Over the last five years the WEA has made a valuable contribution to community learning in the Southern border counties, mainly through women’s programmes. We are now developing this presence by making available other parts of the WEA curriculum, such as community relations programmes.
In addition we are building partnerships with Southern based organisations to service the needs of learners in this region. In January 2003 the WEA will be opening a new office in the South Donegal/Leitrim area.
The WEA has built a high degree of expertise in developing and delivering programmes in women’s education, citizenship and capacity building on a trans-national basis.
In addition we have also benefited considerably from the expertise of specialist trainers from other countries who have agreed to share their skills and knowledge with us, particularly in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution and facilitation. Recent work has included assisting the Nizney Novgorod Partnership in Russia to develop its strategy and supporting a cross-sectoral partnership in Georgia.
Links with Great Britain
The WEA in Northern Ireland operates as an independent organisation, however we work with other WEAs to share best practice models and advocate for policies that will enhance the concept of lifelong learning. In addition we are keen to develop links with other learning networks that share our values.