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European Elderly Home Learning Service
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EEHLSe (European Elderly Home Learning Service) proposal is based on widely accepted and reported Europe-wide analysis about (missing) learning opportunities for elderly and its consequences. All steps to overcome this miserable situation can clearly be derived by logical and empirical evidence. The first analysis element: European elderly are, in their majority, excluded from continuous learning. Whilst all other citizens, starting from one year of age, have a guaranteed life accompanying education and training offer, the after retirement population does not have this. All reliable offer ends in a moment where people have, in average, to expect some more 20 or 30 years of life. This is known and discussed Europe-wide since many years and no solution was found so far. This proposal claims to enter a new phase of elderly (online) learning and to show a way to overcome the entirely unsatisfying current situation. The second element of analysis concerns learning of elderly: It is evident that, in a rapidly changing world, life without learning leads to a couple of unpleasant effects for the individual and for the society, just to name some: reduced autonomy, increasing dependency from others, less integration, social isolation, segregation of generations, reduced satisfaction of life, more fragile health… Every reported effect could be underlined with empirical data, is on the other hand self-evident. The consortium will compile all elements which are needed to provide in principle every elderly in Europe, independent of her/his geographical situation, mobility, availability of time and daily rhythm, with a reliable learning offer with courses which are relevant for them and where they contribute according to their competences, within ten years’ time. EEHLSe will model and empirically validate this risky promise. The partnership consists of five experienced elderly learning institutions from France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Spain, countries with very scarcely populated regions. They will be ideal test beds for the EEHL Service to be established. The impact is very clear. Elderly in Europe will have, on the long run, a reliable learning offer equivalent to the other ages, not based on their random living conditions but based on a sustainable service. This will lead to a more participating, involved, included, and healthy generation of elderly.
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