Welcome

Conway Education Centre (CEC) is a community-based education centre situated on the interface between the Falls Road and the Shankhill Road in West Belfast.

CEC provides a safe and encouraging environment for learning opportunities, enabling local people to improve their confidence and skills in order to fulfil their potential, enhance their chances of employment, and participate in the development of their community. 

CEC has a strong track record of providing value for money.  It is accountable and transparent and has a core commitment to its learners.

A key strength of CEC is its learner-centred approach. It has developed strategies, approaches and supports that encourage learners back to education and enable them to develop their confidence, skills and abilities.

CEC started in 1982 as an initiative by local people in response to local demand.  The initiative found accommodation in a disused Linen Mill which was just bought by a group of community activist. Committed volunteers then cleared the rubbish, put cardboard in front of broken windows, put up stud-walls to create classrooms, cleaned and brought in some of the old-fashion super-sers to get some heat in the place. Volunteer teachers started classes in Philosophy, English, Maths and Politics. 

From these early beginnings, CEC has grown into a recognised charitable organisation, well known in the community for its warm and encouraging environment, excellent learner support and wide range of accredited and unaccredited courses; enabling local people to improve their confidence and skills. Besides providing adult education courses, CEC now also accomodates an alternative education project, Conway Day School, which provides a core curriculum to ‘at risk’ young people, a family learning project which includes a cooking, gardening and science club where parents and children enjoy fun-based learning activities, and it is a recognised examination centre where people can sit most written exams/re-sits.

Hundreds of people a year are re-connected with education at CEC, our youngest learner is 8 and the oldest is 81 years of age. The centre makes a significant contribution to the social cohesion of the area, has just celebrated its 30st anniversary and is looking forward to at least another 30 years of providing community-based education.