We are delighted to have An Cosán as charity partner to the Dalkey Book Festival 2019.

When you purchase tickets for The Dalkey Book Festival you will have the option to donate €1 to An Cosán.

An Cosán will use this funding to build a physical and online library for early years and adult education participants.

About An Cósan

An Cosan aims to empower communities through education. By providing ‘second chance’community-based adult education, educational childcare and enterprise to the residents of Tallaght West, An Cosan has had a significant impact in the community over the past 28 years, evidenced in the 17,000 students who have completed courses at its centre and the 2,000 children who have received early years education in their childcare facilities.

An Cosán Founded by Drs Ann Louise Gilligan and Katherine Zappone An Cosán is a registered charity, established in 1986, to provide ‘second chance’ community-based adult education, educational childcare and enterprise to the residents of Tallaght West. The impact An Cosán has had in the Tallaght West community over the past 28 years is evidenced in the 17,000 students who have completed courses at its centre and the 2,000 children who have received early years education in our childcare facilities. Launched in 2015 to scale the work in Tallaght West nationwide the Virtual Community College (VCC) empowers people to learn using the latest virtual, online and mobile technologies. VCC has developed an innovative entry level model of higher education aimed at isolated and disadvantaged communities. VCC offers a blended model of online learning, including live online classes and face- to-face workshops, all at a pace that suits the learner. Most of the learners who engage with VCC are taking their first steps into higher education, and for some it is their first step back to education at any level. VCC’s holistic, learner-centred model puts the learner at the heart of the project. At the end of 2018 VCC has recorded 1,263 registered learner places and delivered 60 programmes ranging from unaccredited to higher education QQI Level 6 & 7 programmes. VCC now has a presence in 22 counties across Ireland. An Cosán believes that tackling the underlying causes of poverty is the only real way to eradicate it and that is what we aim to do, by empowering communities

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