Monday, 27 March, 2017

National Winners of STAR Awards Announced

SAOL Project 8Six outstanding adult learning initiatives received an AONTAS STAR Award in recognition of their work at the STAR Awards ceremony on Monday 6th March in the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. Awards recognised the use of innovative approaches in adult and community education in the categories of Wellbeing, Social Inclusion, Digital Inclusion and Learner Voice. Over 120 people representing 22 adult learning groups were in attendance. RTÉ sports commentator and presenter, Marty Morrissey, presented the awards and Kevin Hanley from the National Learning Network in Raheen, Limerick delivered the keynote address.

To see the list of AONTAS STAR Award winners 2017, click here. To read more click here. 

AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival 6th - 10th March 2017

NO FEE AONTAS STAR AWARDS 2The 2017 AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival takes place from the 6th – 10th March 2017. As 2017 is the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) Year of Adult Education in Europe our Festival will adopt their theme of the Power and Joy of Learning. Now is the time to register your event for the 11th AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival.

The Festival is a great opportunity for your group or organisation to:

  • Promote existing training opportunities in your area, or launch new initiatives
  • Signpost adults in the community to further education and training opportunities
  • Attract new learners to your organisation 

For more information on how you can get involved click here. 

Launch of 'I'm an Adult Learner 2016'

AontasAGM109A new book celebrating the diverse paths taken by adult learners in Ireland has been released by AONTAS. The book, entitled ‘I’m an Adult Learner 2016’, features the personal stories and portraits of 25 adult learners. From Sharon who did a personal development course through a community education centre and progressed to third level, to John who returned to learning following redundancy and recently achieved a National Diploma despite suffering a heart attack during his studies; the learners’ stories will inspire others to begin their own journey back to education.

Speaking at the launch, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS said: “For somebody who may have been out of formal education for a long time, or who had negative educational experiences in the past, it can be a hugely daunting step to return to education. The stories in this book are essential to promote the benefits of adult learning and to highlight the way in which adult learning can transform the lives of ordinary people. Nothing is more powerful than a real learner sharing their story.

Read more here