EWM NEKD Award Nomination
18 February 2012

North and East Kerry Development, were nominated for an Aontas ‘STAR Award’ in relation to their EWM funded project. The Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013 is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013 and the Department of Justice and Equality. 
The STAR Awards are about Showcasing Teamwork and Awarding Recognition. Nominations come from adult learning organizations, community and voluntary groups, government agencies, statutory bodies and NGO’s. Kerry Education Services nominated the project. The nomination highlights the high standard of training and acknowledges the positive contribution that the initiative has made to the economy and the local community. The results were announced at an Awards Ceremony in Dublin in late February 2012 and NEKD were runners up. Outlined below is an account of two EWM project participants’ experience in contributing to the project and the presentation at the awards.
Participant 1.
Once the project was nominated for the award, it involved filling out a series of questions about the NEKD project to date. Following this round, the project was short listed for an Award. This entailed travelling to Limerick with 6 of the participants and giving a presentation to three judges. Projects were judged by the following criteria;
  • A high level of collaboration and partnership amongst participant groups
  • A learner centered approach to education provision
  • Adult education practice and methodologies
  • Clear evidence or outcomes.  
NEKD was then invited to Dublin for the celebration,  which included dinner and a meeting with President Michael D Higgins. This nomination has enhanced the project and given the women validation from external agencies on the merits of the EWM project. Although we did not come first, we were in the top 10 projects in Munster  and were up against projects that are running for many years. 
Participant 2  
This course is making a positive contribution to our society, our economy and our local community. We always hear the negative things about our Government and the bad state of the economy. But we never praise our Government for funding projects like the Equality for Women Measure. It is through projects like this that we can make a difference and while jobs may be scarce we can spend the time getting ready and up skilling for the future. At the moment we are doing a project on Contemporary Social issues. The three topics we have chosen are 
1. The Environment
2. Unemployment
3. Rural Isolation
We have divided into different subgroups for this and it is very enjoyable working as part of a Team to complete our project. For me joining The Equality for Women has had a very positive impact on my life and I look forward to where this course will lead me next. Each week we are improving in general knowledge and confidence. Thanks to the help of Dee and Josephine they are giving us the tools to better prepare us for an ever changing working environment.


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