Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 11, PARTNERSHIPS - Page 27

A very enjoyable evening was held in the Maynooth FETC to launch ‘New Beginnings’, a compilation of stories, recipes and art work from students attending the centre.

The launch night reflected the diverse cultures and abilities of the learners. Some brought family along to share their joy at getting their work published. A phone call from a student on the morning of the launch signalled the value of the project. She expressed her joy at being included in the book and her disappointment that she couldn't attend the launch. Then another call to say she was coming; her classmate was covering her shift.

What a lovely spirit of support.

She read her piece so proudly at the launch as did many others. We shared and celebrated an occasion of fun, achievement and pride.

The other aspect to the night was the refreshments, again a reflection of the cultures and culinary skills of the learners and tutors. We had Puff Puff from Cameroon, a chicken rice dish from Bangladesh and sweet treats to round off the feast.

So yes, the work that goes into a project like this is valuable to all involved in adult education. It demonstrates the principles of adult education in action. It fosters inclusiveness and respect among learners and staff and encourages learners to express their ideas and draw on their experiences.

A project such as this would not materialise without the co-operation of tutors and staff so a big thanks to them for all their work.

We are grateful to the tutors who encouraged the learners to contribute; to Rita for typing the pieces and especially Joe who put it together so professionally and was so patient when there was yet another change or addition.

'New Beginnings' Student Magazine Launch