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Forage for later-life learning - building on European experience
Start date: 01 Jan 2012,

There is a rich tapestry of provision of education for older people across all of Europe, supported by a range of agencies, government departments, NGOs, and by older people themselves. There is as yet no effective and ongoing communication process to best share and learn from these experiences. Networks, which tend to be thematic, have emerged but they do not always communicate outside their spheres of interest. The Forage network will contribute to an international research and evidence base for later-life learning by increasing access to innovative and progressive ideas emanating from Europe. We aim to optimise the value of work in this field through the creation of an accessible archive of past projects, relevant policy and research, statistical evidence and examples of best practice. The tangible outputs of Forage include:• production of reports, commentaries and discussion points on an interactive website or ‘e-platform’• direct lobbying of policy makers through regular informed written communications• annual conferences• priority themes pursued through working groups, e.g. to address the modest amount of data across Europe of participation in learning by people over the age of 64• recommendation reports that provide links between projects and promote collaboration and participation across disciplines, networks and partnerships such as technology, arts, heritage, employability, volunteering, health and social care • development of a pan-European glossary of terms that are used across various disciplines relevant to later-life learning, to enhance European cooperation, knowledge exchange and expansion. Forage seeks to become the ‘missing link’ to connect later-life learning at multiple levels; the single access point for later-life activities in Europe. Forage aims to extend recognition of the value of learning for older people as a means of fostering inclusion, participation and intergenerational solidarity across European societies.
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