*PRESS RELEASE* Clare Initiative Shortlisted for Prestigious AONTAS STAR Awards

A Clare-based adult education initiative has shortlisted for the prestigious AONTAS STAR Awards 2017, organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The awards are part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival and recognise outstanding work in adult education.

East Clare Learning in Action, based in Scariff, Co. Clare, offers a diverse range of courses which equip learners with skills required for the different stages of life in a rural community, including Family Learning, Skills for Work and Age Friendly Education. The initiative has been shortlisted in the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category.

The AONTAS STAR Awards – now in its 11th year – is a national awards initiative that celebrates the achievements of adult learners and adult education programmes throughout the island of Ireland.  AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, announced the shortlisted projects ahead of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival which takes place from 6th – 10th March 2017. The winners will be announced at The STAR Awards Ceremony in Dublin, which is the opening event of the Festival.

Commenting on the shortlisting of the awards, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “The STAR Awards are an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the positive impact adult and community education projects have on the lives of learners and their communities around Ireland. We’re delighted that this fantastic Clare project has been shortlisted for a STAR Award for the vital role it plays in the social, cultural and economic development of its local area.”

The judging process comprises two stages. In the first stage, nominated projects are shortlisted by an independent judging panel, whose membership is drawn from the education, business and technology sectors. The second stage gives staff and learners from the shortlisted projects the opportunity to meet with the judging panel before they make their final decision.

The Adult Learners’ Festival

The Adult Learners’ Festival is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The 11th Adult Learners’ Festival will take place from the 6th – 10th March 2017. Over the past decade, the Festival has become a firm fixture on the adult learning calendar with events taking place nationwide, including information sessions, taster workshops, sample lectures to small gatherings of people who love to learn. Visit www.adultlearnersfestival.com for more information.



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