Two Limerick projects win STAR awards for outstanding work in adult…

first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleRhod Gilbert for UCHNext articleGardaí investigating fatal road traffic collision on O’Curry Street, Limerick City Meghann Scully Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsTwo Limerick projects win STAR awards for outstanding work in adult learningBy Meghann Scully – March 5, 2020 172 Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Linkedin Two Limerick based organisations have won AONTAS STAR awards for outstanding work in adult learning at an awards ceremony in Dublin this week.The STAR Awards is an initiative of AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, and take place each year as part of AONTAS’s Adult Learners’ Festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up From a shortlist of 22, seven winning projects were unveiled at the event, including two Limerick projects:The Bedford Row Traveller DRIVE Initiative was awarded an AONTAS STAR award in the ‘Social Inclusion – Large Organisation’ category. This programme supports members of the Traveller community to apply for a professional vehicle driver’s licence to increase their employment prospects.Healthcare Opportunities for Women won a STAR award in the ‘Special Recognition for an ESF Initiative’ category. This programme supports women who have been out of work with training and advice to build a career as a healthcare professional. The ESF is the European Social Fund, one of the sponsors of the STAR Awards.Star of hit TV show ‘The Young Offenders’, Hilary Rose, presented the winning projects with their awards. Congratulating the winners, she said: “Adult learning is such a positive part of Irish communities and the groups here today represent that.”“These projects are helping people with mental health difficulties and intellectual disabilities, assisting women to re-enter the workforce, supporting the families of prisoners, and creating employment for at-risk young people. Their work is so important and so valuable, and I am delighted to help recognise and celebrate their achievements.”Need to invest in adult learningCommenting at the ceremony, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, highlighted the need for increased investment in adult learning.“The projects receiving awards– and, indeed, all those that entered the awards and are participating in the Adult Learners’ Festival – show how important adult learning is for communities right across Ireland,” she said.“In particular, adult education plays a vital role in communities with high levels of unemployment, isolation and marginalisation. Given the crucial role adult learning plays we are reiterating our call for the next government to increase investment in adult and community education.“In particular, we want to see a Minister of State appointed with special responsibility for Adult, Community, and Further Education and Training.” she added.Adult Learners’ FestivalThe STAR Awards ceremony kicked off the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival, which is running throughout this week, from 2nd to 6th March, with hundreds of events and activities happening nationwide. The full programme for the Festival is available at: and adults across Ireland can find events like open days, coffee mornings and taster sessions on AONTAS’ One Step Up calendar STAR Awards are sponsored by the European Social Fund, The Teachers Union of Ireland, Open University Ireland and the Open College Network Northern Ireland. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img

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