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2 Waterford Adult Learning Projects shortlisted for and AONTAS STAR Award

17 Feb 2012 02:15 PM

An adult education programme which skills people up to set up their own enterprises, and a cookery course which helps parents make healthier food for their families have both made the shortlist for the AONTAS STAR Awards this year. The Alternative Farm Enterprises Programme is based in Dunhill Co. Waterford, while the Family Cookery Programme has been developed by St Josephs Primary school, a DEIS school based in Dungarvan.

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 the Munster category, out of which ten made the shortlist. It's a real credit to organisations working in Waterford. These projects show how adult education can benefit people both in new career directions but also by improving their health.'

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.