An Cosan among Dublin nominees for prestigious award

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An Cosan in Jobstown is one of ten Dublin adult education initiatives shortlisted for the prestigious AONTAS STAR Awards 2017, organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation.

The awards, which are part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival, recognise outstanding work in adult education.

Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Digital Inclusion’ category, the
An Cosan Tech Army trains and employs graduates to deliver digital training.

The Tech Army is a group of women who all went through the technology programme in An Cosan and were motivated to help others with digital skills.

The other shortlisted projects range from a programme which empowers adults with intellectual disabilities to engage in active citizenship, a literacy programme targeting families of children up to the age of 12 and for older people, as well as a programme which provides a safe and welcoming space for new migrant/refugee communities taking their first steps in literacy, education, integration and identity re-building in Irish society.

The AONTAS STAR Awards – now in its 11th year – is a national awards initiative that celebrates the achievements of adult learners and adult education programmes throughout the island of Ireland.

AONTAS announced the shortlisted projects ahead of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival which takes place from 6th – 10th March 2017.

The winners will be announced at The STAR Awards Ceremony in Dublin, which is the opening event of the Festival.

Commenting on the shortlisting of the awards, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said:

“The STAR Awards are an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the positive impact adult and community education projects have on the lives of learners and their communities around Ireland.

“We’re delighted that these fantastic Dublin organisations have been shortlisted for a STAR Award for the vital role they play in the social, cultural and economic development of their local areas.”

The 10 shortlisted Dublin projects are:

An Cosan Tech Army:
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Digital Inclusion’ category
An Cosan Tech Army trains and employs graduates to deliver digital training in disadvantaged communities

My Opinion My Vote
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category
The My Opinion, My Vote Education Programme aims to empower people with intellectual disabilities through active participation in the political process

The Irish Men’s Shed Association
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category
The Irish Men’s Shed Association promotes learning across the country. It gives men an opportunity to learn new skills and has encouraged others to take up adult learning courses in a range of subjects

YoungBallymun
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category
The programme aims to develop parents’ understanding and capacity to support their children’s literacy development through a love of reading and learning and equipping parents with key skills to support children’s language and literacy

The EPIC Programme
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category
The EPIC Programme supports people from immigrant backgrounds including refugees to help them integrate into Irish society by finding employment or further training

Intercultural Drop-in Centre
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category
The Drop-in offers a safe and welcoming space for new migrant/refugee communities taking their first steps in literacy, education, integration and identity re-building in Irish society

SAOL’s Fashion Show
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote The Learner Voice’ category
SAOL works with women from Dublin’s North Inner City at all various stages of addiction recovery

ALBA
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote The Learner Voice’ category
ALBA (the Adult Learning BA for Personal and Professional Development) aims to provide accessible, flexible, affordable third level education to Honours degree level for adults who wish to further their education

Health and Wellbeing for Life
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Wellbeing’ category
The aim of this program is to provide a literacy-friendly programme on health and wellbeing for older people

CDI’s Restorative Practices Training Programme
Shortlisted under the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Wellbeing’ category
The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) works to sustain strong, happy communities by actively developing good relationships, by preventing the escalation of conflict and by resolving conflict in a healthy manner when it does arise