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Ageing Population and Lifelong Learning

General background and the role of Regional and Local Authorities

Since 2010, ageing population and the challenges with a growing proportion of the total population in EU has been highlighted in several initiatives in EU in different programs and even a European year. The challenge has not become any smaller and will be growing until at least until 2040 according to EU statistics.

Purpose of the EARLALL Working Group

The issue of challenges and opportunities with a growing number of older adults is shared by many regions in Europe. It seemed natural that regional authorities should update knowledge and competence, in EARLALL under the coordination of Jamtli Foundation on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen.

Past activities

  • Position paper on the Review of the 2016 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.
  • In 2012 and 2013 were conducted a number of seminars for a survey on regional level in Jämtland Härjedalen, Baden-Württemberg, Tuscany, Roskilde, Wales and Durham County. The combined survey shows commonalities and differences in how the regional and local stakeholders on older adults are organised and financed but even shows other interesting features.
  • An academic paper based on the regional seminars mentioned below was presented by researchers from NCK (The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning & Creativity) at the Pascal Observatory conference on Learning Cities 2020 in Glasgow June 2016.
  • The working group was represented at the AFE-INNOVET conference in Brussels in December 2015. Members of the group have met in Östersund in October 2015 to discuss other possible actions. Most importantly we concluded that we need a mix of adult education and culture on both political and professional level if we want to carry on any larger action.