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Nominations sought from Sligo for Adult Learning STAR Awards

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking nominations from adult learning initiatives in Sligo 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.

“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 Sligo 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: www.adultlearnersfestival.awardsplatform.com

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday 14th December 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, 5th March 2018. The Adult Learners' Festival will take place from the 5th – 9th March 2018.