A new website has been launched in Limerick today making it easier for those interested in lifelong learning to get information about the range of courses and insight into the whole area of Lifelong Learning. LearningLimerick.ie is a dedicated website that will strengthen Learning Limerick’s online presence; thus contributing to the group’s strategic priority of enhancing the visibility and presence of Learning Limerick.
One of the key objectives identified in the group’s current Strategic Plan was the need to create a strong digital presence for Learning Limerick and to ensure that it is fully integrated with Limerick City and County Council’s Digital Strategy and developing Smart Limerick.
The new website includes sections outlining all of the partners involved in the Learning Limerick initiative; the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival flagship project; the work with the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning and the Irish Network of Learning Cities; the Learning Ambassadors initiative; and important news and events for Learning Limerick.
The Learning Limerick Brand is friendly, enthusiastic and promotes that learning is fun, while also being confident and strong, and these features are reflected in the look and feel and tone of the new website.
The website complements the ongoing social media strategy, already managed by Learning Limerick and the hosting of all the Lifelong Learning Festival events on Limerick.ie, which is managed by Limerick City and County Council.
It also complements the broader marketing and communications strategy and work of the host agencies of Limerick City and County Council, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, PAUL Partnership and all of the partners involved.
Speaking at the launch in Istabraq Hall, this morning Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Adam Teskey said: “This new website is important to promote Limerick as a Learning City-Region both nationally and internationally and for working together with UNESCO and the other member cities of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. We have gained a lot of expertise and knowledge over the past number of years and we want to be able to share that knowledge with our partner learning cities.”
“Limerick is proud of its recognition in receiving the UNESCO Learning City Award 2017 and we continue to build on this work through the Learning Limerick Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022 (Helping to Grow Limerick as a Learning Region).”
The recently formed Irish Network of Learning Cities is a significant development for our cities, in working together and in adopting the UNESCO Guidelines for building learning cities. The website is another important tool that will be used to promote Learning Limerick and to explore partnership initiatives, with Limerick and other learning cities continuing their work as part of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.
The Chairperson of Learning Limerick, Eimear Brophy, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, said: “Promoting Limerick as a Region of Learning is a central theme for all UNESCO learning cities. A Learning City-Region cultivates all possibilities for lifelong learning, therefore enabling its citizens to adapt to the changes in society. The new website will help Learning Limerick in fulfilling its communications strategy and demonstrate that learning is taking place in communities, colleges and workplaces and is aligned to regional and national policy initiatives.”
This website supports the collaborative work of all the partners involved in seeking to widen access to lifelong learning. Learning Limerick aims to promote learning in all its forms and the interest in lifelong learning across all groups in society. Learning Limerick runs the annual Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival; which will be in its 10th year in 2020. Learning Limerick has been an important development for the city and county as it brings learning right into the heart of communities allowing people who may think learning is not for them to get involved.