28 Jun 2022

Offaly nominations sought for adult learning STAR awards

The awards recognise innovation in adult learning

Offaly nominations sought for adult learning STAR awards

Offaly nominations sought for adult learning STAR awards

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking nominations from adult learning initiatives in Offaly for the 12th Annual STAR Awards 2018. The awards recognise the use of innovative approaches in adult and community education.

Speaking about the awards, Niamh O’Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of AONTAS said: “Adult learning is essential to both economic success and to personal, social and cultural development. Every year, the STAR Awards are a fantastic occasion to highlight and celebrate the positive impact adult and community education have on the lives of learners around Ireland."

“Our award categories focus on promoting wellbeing; social inclusion; digital inclusion; and ensuring that the learner’s voice is heard. These award categories highlight the huge positive impact adult and community education have on an individual, their family and the wider community," she added.

“It is important to encourage participation in adult learning, especially among those facing economic and social challenges. There is no doubt that there is a real appetite amongst adults in Offaly to retrain, upskill and engage in lifelong learning, so this must be encouraged. The STAR awards applaud and recognise the achievements of these learners.”

Since its inception in 2007 over 1,000 adult learning initiatives across a wide variety of areas – including arts, mental health, addiction and disability – have been recognised through the STAR Awards.

For 2018, nominations are invited under four categories:

Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Wellbeing
Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Digital Inclusion
Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion
Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote the Learner Voice

To nominate an adult learning initiative, please visit: The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Winners will be announced at the STAR Awards ceremony, which will be the opening event of the Adult Learners’ Festival 2018.

The ceremony will take place in Dublin on Monday, March 5, 2018. The Adult Learners' Festival will take place from the 5th – 9th March 2018.

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