7 Mar 2022

National Winners of AONTAS STAR Awards Announced

The winners of the AONTAS STAR Awards were announced online today (7.3.2022). The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, to recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

The national winners announced today are:

Commenting on the STAR Award winners, Dr Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “We are delighted to award these fantastic initiatives for the outstanding work they are doing in the area of adult, further and community education. During the pandemic, these projects demonstrated great innovation and learner-centred approaches to engaging adult learners in challenging times.”

“The STAR Awards is an important opportunity the recognise the work of these organisations and the achievements of their learners. The diversity of these adult learning projects demonstrates the incredible impact of education, the role it plays in bringing people together, and the need for us to ensure educational equality across the island of Ireland.”

Colm O’Regan, author, broadcaster and comedian MC’d a special online celebratory event today to acknowledge the outstanding contribution that all of the shortlisted STAR Award projects have made to the adult and community education sector.

The STAR Awards form a key part of the annual AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival. Over the past sixteen years, the Festival has become a firm fixture in the Irish adult learning calendar, showcasing the range of learning opportunities available across the country and encouraging adults to try something new. This year’s Festival will feature a programme of events that will include a mix of online and face-to-face events across the country. A key focus of this year’s Festival is highlighting the variety of learning options available to prospective learners and sharing the message that you can #LearnYourWay in your local community.

The STAR Awards is proudly sponsored by the Open University in Ireland and the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI), the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), Concern Worldwide, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the European Social Fund (ESF) and Mental Health Ireland. Sponsors will be offering special prizes to all 2022 STAR Award winners.