The WEA Learning Age Team has recently secured funding from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme under the Grundtvig measure to work on a two year partnership project with seven other European countries on the issues of learning in senior age.

The project entitled ‘Broadening People’s minds in Ageing’ (EUBIA) aims to respond to the educational challenges of an ageing population across Europe by strengthening and widening regional and European contacts and partnerships. Key to the success of the partnership is the sharing of information, experience and best practice.

The project kicked off in November with the project coordinator hosting the initial meeting in Graz, Austria. There were representatives from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Italy, Slovakia and England in attendance. Please click here to visit the Eubia Partner page.

The partnership will look at
  • Networking and how best to establish and sustain an effective network of organisations involved in later life learning
  • Establishing a common understanding of issues and concepts related to senior education across national and linguistic borders and developing a glossary of common professional terminology
  • How best practice and effective strategies in senior learning can be identified, disseminated and embedded
  • How we can empower seniors, especially those who may see yet see the value of learning in later life, in developing and supporting their education and learning needs
The partnership recognises the challenges facing the development of senior learning arising from the heterogeneity of at least three age cohorts of older people and will develop a signposting guide outlining good practice in dealing with this, as well as issues of gender, disability and ethnicity. It will also identify examples of good practice and strategies for engaging older people in learning.
Further details of the project can be found on the WEA website or by contacting Carolyn Hale, Learning Age Team,

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More details can be found at  or on the press release here.

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