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Kerry Women’s education project shortlisted for a Munster STAR Award

17 Feb 2012 02:11 PM

A Kerry based education and training initiative which has encouraged women into further training, education and employment has been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award. The Equality for Women's Measure based in North and East Kerry Development in Listowel provides further education and training to women in CastleIsland, Listowel and Tralee. The initiative has provided 96 women with the opportunity for FETAC Level 3 training in a variety of basic skills - while over thirty women involved in the project have progressed onto further education and third level. The initiative has been successful due to a high level of collaboration between a number of local organisations, these include local Adult Education Centres, Family Resource Centres and Partnership companies.

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. This project shows how women can progress onto further education and training when given the right support.'

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 kept 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.
3. The Women's Equality Measure is an Initiative funded by Pobal to support the National Women's strategy.