Lifelong Learning

The Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum (GLLF) works closely with TU Dublin and other partners to promote access to education and training in the area, particularly for ‘non-traditional’ learners. The primary aim is to work with partners to address barriers to access to learning, identify gaps in adult and continuing education and training provision, and to seek to fill them. A number of our education and training initiatives have been aimed at preparing people who are unemployed and/or distant from the labour market to access employment opportunities around the Grangegorman Development.

In 2018/2019, the GLLF collaborated with the Grangegorman Public Art, TU Dublin and the TU Dublin Foundation, the North West Inner City Network, Complex Productions and Common Ground to deliver the Harvard-based Pre-Texts programme in the Dublin 7 area. Pre-Texts is a simple and flexible teaching/learning tool developed by Professor Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents NGO at Harvard University which focuses on literacy, innovation and citizenship.  This was the first time Pre-Texts had been delivered in Europe and participants included academics, primary school teachers, artists, prison educators, youth workers and community activists.

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The GLLF is also currently developing a number of innovative, community-focused pilot programmes in collaboration with partners.  These include:

  • an Intergnerational Learning programme (in partnership with TU Dublin, Grangegorman Public Art, artist Janine Davidson, the Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, and the Daughters of Charity Community Services at Henrietta Street);
  • The Grangegorman Lifelong Learning Café (in partnership with TU Dublin).