EAEA Policy Debate at the European Parliament 2012: Active Ageing through Adult Learning

MEP Heinz K. Becker (EPP) and EAEA arranged a Policy Debate on Active Ageing through Adult Learning on Thursday, 27 September 2012 at the European Parliament.

Providing learning opportunities for older people goes to the heart of the lifelong learning concept - It´s never too late to learn. Additionally, evidence shows that older people who participate in learning are healthier, have more social contacts and are more active. The policy debate discussed how we can assure affordable quality provision for all aged people in Europe. How can we ensure outreach to those furthest from learning? What can the European institutions do?


Welcome and Opening
Mr. Heinz K. Becker (MEP; EVP)
Ms. Sue Waddington (President of EAEA)

The European Year of Active Ageing
Mr. Tapio Säävälä (Head of Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Commission):
The perspective of the Commission´s Approach on learning at an older age

Based upon evidence
Ms. Jane Watts (NIACE): Research on the benefits of older people´s learning. See NIACE film on enhancing informal adult learning for older people in care settings.

STAge - Age on Stage
Mr. Georg Müllner (E.N.T.E.R - Network): Later Learning in Adult Education and its Role in Europe´s Development - Challenges, Concepts, Benefits, Outlook

SeVEN - Senior European Volunteers Exchange Network
Mr. Davide di Pietro (Lunaria): Intercultural learning and transversal competences for older people through volunteering

Chair Ms. Sue Waddington

Ms. Katarína Neve─Ćalová (MEP; S&D)

Policy Debate 2012

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