Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the Adult Learners' Festival?

The Adult Learners' Festival is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. Over the past decade, the Festival has become a firm fixture on the adult learning calendar with events taking place nationwide. The 2020 Adult Learners' Festival will take place from the 2nd - 6th March 2020.

2. What are the STAR Awards?

The STAR Awards are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners' Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland. The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these initiatives make to our society, our economy and our local communities.

3. Who can nominate a project?

Nominated Initiatives are welcome from all groups, throughout Ireland, as long as they focus on adult and community education and demonstrate innovative approaches to adult learning within their relevant category. If you have any questions about the nomination process please contact us on 01 4068220.


4. What are the categories?

A STAR Award will be given for innovative approaches in adult learning. Categories are:

5. What are the judges looking for?

The following bullet points are examples of what can make a winning initiative. It is recommended that nominated initiatives try to demonstrate a variety of these:

6. Why should I nominate an initiative for a STAR Award?

It is important that we continue to showcase the value of adult and community education in responding to the needs of individuals, communities, society and the economy. The work of the adult learning sector is often invisible, and the STAR Awards are the perfect opportunity to highlight the value of adult learning to a variety of audiences - politicians, media and the wider public and to help spread the voice and visibility of adult learning.

7. Who judges the STAR Awards?

The independent STAR Awards Judging Panel includes representation from a number of key stakeholders in the adult and community education sector in Ireland.