Saturday, 28 March, 2015

Award Ceremony recognises the importance of adult learning projects in combating a range of issues

Boxing CleverAt the ninth STAR Awards ceremony, (Monday 23rd) seven outstanding adult learning projects received an award in recognition of their work. The winning projects deal with a range of issues such as homelessness, drug use, disability, unemployment, upskilling and the isolation of older people. Dr. Tom Collins presented the winners with their awards at the ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel. Over 300 people representing 38 adult education groups were in attendance. To see the list of winners click here. To read a press release about the event click here.

Castlerea learners help launch the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival with a ‘Performance in Progress’

Castlerea launchOn Thursday 19th February, learners from Castlerea Adult Education & VTOS Centre in Co. Roscommon, helped launch the programme of events for the 9th AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival. The launch event saw local artist, Steve McCahill, work with first & second year learners to create a piece of multimedia artwork that is dynamic, vibrant and which captures the festival theme of 'Learning: A Lifetime's Work". This will be put on display in the centre for the duration of the festival. This year's Festival takes place from 23rd - 28th February with over two hundred free events already listed on

We would like to say a big thank you to Kathleen McNulty, VTOs Coordinator and all the students for their time and participation in the event. It was a wonderful morning of art, stories and celebration. To read a press release about the event click here.

‘Learning – a Lifetimes Work’ – AONTAS launches new Strategic Plan

Launch of Strategic Plan

Pictured at the launch of 'Learning - a Lifetime's Work' - Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, Berni Brady (AONTAS), Liz Waters (President, AONTAS, CEO of an Cosán) and Michael Moriarty (General Secretary, ETBI).

AONTAS launched a new Strategic Plan at the General Meeting in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin in November 2014.  The plan outlines three goals that will guide the work of the organisation until 2018.  They include promoting the value and benefits of adult learning and advocating for the development of a quality service.  They are underpinned by a third goal to build our capacity as an organisation. 

Minister for Skills, Innovation and Research Damien English launched the plan at the General Meeting.  Approximately 100 of our members attended the meeting, which focused on the development of the National Adult Learners Forum which will provide learner feedback on the Further Education and Training Strategy as it is implemented.  Michael Moriarty from ETBI also spoke at the meeting.  To read a press release about the event, click here.