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Two Cork adult education organisations shortlisted for a Munster STAR Award

17 Feb 2012 02:10 PM

Two Cork adult education organisations shortlisted for a Munster STAR Award

A health education initiative which supports older people with the ageing process, and the Balllinacollig based 'Social and Health Education Project' have both been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award in the Munster Category. The initiative, 'Physical Activity, Health and Ageing' involves students from the Sports Study and Physical Education Centre in UCC helping older people in a local Day Centre cope with aspects of ageing such as memory loss, nutrition and their physical health. The Social Health Education Project is supported by Co and City Cork VEC and provides community based learning opportunities for over 250 learners each year.

The STAR Awards recognise outstanding examples of adult education in Ireland. This year five Awards will be given - four provincial awards and one nationwide award. The STAR Awards is now in its sixth year, with the number of entries increasing from last year. This year AONTAS received 119 entries from adult education organisations all around the country.

The winners will be announced at the STAR Awards Ceremony on February 20th.

The shortlist was developed by an Independent Judging Panel, who will now hit the road to meet with the ten hopeful groups. 'The judging panel has had to make some tough decisions this year' said AONTAS Director Berni Brady. 'There were 34 projects nominated in this category, out of which ten made the shortlist. Both of these projects show how adult education can result in personal benefits, such as health. The benefits include improvements to the quality of people's lives, as well as savings to the health budget.'

The next judging phase involves regional meetings with the shortlisted projects. During these meetings, organisations will be given the opportunity to talk to the judging panel and show why they should receive a STAR Award. 'We're encouraging the shortlisted groups to bring learners who have benefited from their services, or to show some of the work that they have done,' explained Ms Brady. The judges will then make a decision on a winner and a highly commended award in that category and the names will be held secret until the ceremony.

The judges will meet with shortlisted projects in the Munster Category at the Local Employment Service, Tait Business Centre, Limerick on Monday the 6th of February from 1pm to 5pm.

For more information/ contact

Niamh Farren, Communications Officer, AONTAS 01 406 8220/087 911 0569

Note to Editor

1. The STAR Awards is an initiative organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The Awards showcase teamwork and award recognition to adult learning organisations. More information about the awards and the Adult Learners' Festival is available from

2. Award winners will be announced at the ceremony on February 20th at the Burlington Hotel.