Lifelong learning is central in the new strategy for an ageing Scotland.
The Scottish Executive has just published a new strategy on older people in Scotland, entitled "All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population".
A key recommendation for improving quality of life and economic involvement of older adults in Scotland is the need for greater access and participation in lifelong learning, including suggestions for several new initiatives.
Paralleling the strategy launch, the University of Strathclyde Senior Studies Institute is hosting an international conference to explore learning in later life from 9th to 11th May 2007. The theme of the conference is 'A Legacy of Learning: sharing global experiences of learning in later life', and will feature international speakers from a wide range of organisations and disciplines, focusing on the research and experience of those involved in senior's education. Over 50 speakers and 200 delegates from throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia will be attending. The conference will be of interest to academics, professional educators, practitioners and older learners.
Keynote speakers include:
- Dr Kali Lightfoot, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning resource Centre
- Professor Jilong Zhou, Vice President Wuhan University for the Aged, China
- Professor Robert Wright, University of Strathclyde
- Professor Ron Manheimer, NC Center for Creative Retirement
- Stan Miller, President IAUTA (International Association Universities of the Third Age)
Given the importance of this subject, I would like to invite you to send a representative to participate in this conference.