AONTAS Strategic Plan 2023 - 2026
Our Strategic Plan for 2023 and beyond sets out the changes AONTAS wants to see in the coming years, and how we will work toward making these changes happen.
As part of the Strategic Plan, we updated our Vision and
Mission. These set out what kind of world we want to see (our Vision), and the part we can play in achieving this (our Mission).
A world where the pursuit of learning for all adults is valued, equal, and strengthens communities.
To advocate for empowering adult learning that drives social equality, justice, and collective action across the island of Ireland.
AONTAS’ work is informed by the experience and needs of our members. These are learners, individuals and organisations who are committed to the principles of adult learning and its transformative power.
Support Social Inclusion
How we developed the Strategic Plan
We worked with external consultants Mantra Strategy to recognise and clarify how AONTAS can best support adult learners and educators. Earlier this year, we gathered ideas and feedback from all of our stakeholders. Almost 200 people took part in one-to-one interviews, workshops, or public consultation meetings. This included our team and Board, adult learners, adult learning providers, the organisations and government departments we work most closely with including SOLAS, ETBI and DFHERIS, and AONTAS members. Mantra Strategy used this data along with comparator, SWOT and PESTE analyses to identify themes and insights. These informed the objectives and goals that form
the basis of our Strategic Plan.
A Catalyst for Change: The Objectives of the Strategic Plan
In their review, Mantra Strategy identified a high degree of
recognition and respect for AONTAS within the Adult and Community Education sector. We wish to build on this strong reputation and use it to expand our reach and contribute to positive social change. To reflect this, the Strategic Plan uses the word ‘change’ in each of our objectives. These are:
AONTAS have strong experience in bringing people and organisations together from across the Adult Learning and Community Education sector – we will use this experience to enable change to happen
As an established advocacy-based organisation, we will challenge and address social inequality in the context of adult learning
We recognise that to achieve our mission, AONTAS must be a supportive environment that supports professional development
and encourages innovation and new ideas
Working to Achieve Change: The Goals of the Strategic Plan
Each objective has associated goals. All of our work in the coming years will contribute towards achieving these goals.
Connect and Engage
the Sector to Enable Change
Advocate for Change
Empower the Change
What Does the New
Strategic Plan Mean for AONTAS?
All of our work will be aligned clearly with the identified goals. We will issue an Impact Report every year to track and evaluate our
progress, and better understand which areas may need more support and development.
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