- The Log on, Learn program which is collaborative, national computer training initiative run by Intel, An Post and Microsoft, has been shortlisted for a STAR award
- The STAR awards are presented each year by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival
- Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 20th which will be attended by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins
Log on, Learn, a collaborative, national computer training initiative which is run by Intel, An Post and Microsoft, has been shortlisted for a STAR award which are presented each year by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival
STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are about recognising and celebrating the invaluable collaborative work undertaken by adult learning initiatives in our communities.
The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these projects make to our society, our economy and our local communities. This year five awards in total will be granted to adult learning projects based within the island of Ireland – four regional awards (Leinster, Munster, Connaught, Ulster) and one nationwide award.
The Log on, Learn program has been nominated in the nationwide category with the names of the winning and highly commended projects being announced at the STAR Awards Ceremony on February 20th at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, where winners will receive their awards from President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.
Log On, Learn is a national program designed to ‘buddy up’ a participating transition-year student with an older person from their local community in order for them to share skills with each other and to encourage an easy and friendly learning environment in which the older person can learn how to use computers.
The one to one nature of learning means that older people can learn about what they want to, at their own pace. Lessons usually take place in the school room, where the focus is on fun, sharing skills, stories and learning for life. The course suits older people who want to know more about using computers or who may not have had a chance to use a computer before. The transition year ‘teachers’ get a lot out of the classes too, mixing with people who have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, and the time to share it.
The STAR awards form part of the 6th annual Adult Learners’ Festival which will take place from February 20th to February 24th 2012. The festival aims to bring people together nationally to celebrate adult learning and the achievements of adult learners, showcase the work of adult education providers, promote the work of AONTAS and the adult education sector and ensure that adult education is placed firmly on the political agenda.
AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a voluntary membership organisation. It exists to promote the development of a learning society through the provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which is accessible to and inclusive to all.
The members of AONTAS comprise individual, organisational and associate (overseas) members. AONTAS promotes the importance of adult and community education as a key part of lifelong learning. It influences the development of policy and lobbies on behalf of the sector. It facilitates networking among members and supports their work.
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