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NACED History

NACED was formally inaugurated in 1974 by Mr. Des Rodgers, Mr. Michael Riordan and Mr. Rory Rohn who were pioneers in the provision of Adult Education in the Community & Comprehensive school sector. Strong links were forged between this fledgling organisation and APVC (The Association of Principals and Vice-Principals of Community & Comprehensive Schools). NACED supported and encouraged Directors nationally. The Association expanded gradually and, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Eddie Henry, discussions commenced on the expansion of the role of the Adult Education Director.

The formation of ACS (Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools) and the recognition of the importance of NACED by this Association marked the formation of very important links between the two organisations, which have continued ever since. Tremendous credit is due to Mr. Bernard Horgan, then Chairman of NACED, and Mr. Frank Murray, then General Secretary of ACCS, for their tireless dedication in pursuit of special recognition for Directors of Adult Education. A special debt of gratitude is due to Mr. Bernard Horgan for all his excellent in-service courses and information bulletins which helped NACED members greatly at this time. NACED and ACCS in conjunction with TUI & ASTI reached agreement with the Department of Education on the "special role" of the Director of Adult Education in the C&C sector and it was agreed to commence negotiations regarding same.

Mr. Tim Kelleher took over as Chairperson from Mr. Bernard Horgan in 1997 and worked assiduously at promoting NACED within the wider family of educational bodies. This was to prove most helpful during the negotiations regarding Circular 46/00.

Having participated in these negotiations which took place over a period of three years, the most significant breakthrough occurred when Department of Education officials visited two Community & Comprehensive Schools to witness the huge levels of activity taking place and more importantly the energy, effort and commitment of the Directors of Adult Education. Prior to this, the popular view in the DES was that provision of Adult Education was the sole preserve of the Vocational Education Committees.

Achievements of NACED in the last 10 years:

  1. The successful negotiation and implementation of Circular 46/00.
  2. The production of a very worthwhile discussion document on the White Paper on Adult Education which was adopted by ACCS and forwarded to the DES as an official submission.
  3. The production of the "Handbook for Directors of Adult Education" which was launched by Mr. Paddy McDonagh, assistant Secretary General, DES. An enormous effort was made by the Executive to produce this valuable document.
  4. The review and formulation of the new constitution for NACED. We are all greatly indebted to Mr. Tom Purcell for his tremendous work for this contribution to this constitution.
  5. The formalisation of closer links between NACED and ACCS.
  6. The excellent working relationships developed between this association and the Trade Unions, ACCS and other Management bodies and the DES.

The structures that are in place now should act as an ideal springboard for the future development of this association.

John Dillane

 
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