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Articles from Branches and Members

This is a selection articles of various topics taken from Branches around Australia.

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Report on Guest Speaker Anne Lockett U3A Port Sorell

by Sue Shea Northern Tasmania Branch

Anne explained what are Universities of the Third Age (U3A) and the success of the first year of the Port Sorell group which now boasts 250 members with 93 programmes over 4 terms. To organise this is a huge effort involving some 34 volunteer tutors and guest speakers at 17 different venues in the local area.

Universities of the Third Age are voluntary, non-profit organisations providing low-cost education opportunities with no formal entry requirements and no examinations! ‘University’ in the title is used in the original sense of a community of scholars coming together to learn from each other.

So What is the Third Age?

Laslett defines the Four Ages as follows:
The First Age as a period of childhood dependency and socialisation.
The Second Age as a period of responsibility and work life.
The Third Age as a period of fulfilment.
The Four Age (alas!) as a period of dependency and frailty.

The U3A movement began in France in 1968 and was introduced into Australia (Melbourne) in 1984 and there are now more than 300 such groups in Australia making it the fastest-growing adult education movement in Australia. It started in Southern Tasmania 20 years ago and 3 years ago the first U3A in Northern Tasmania was Meander Valley followed by the Tamar Valley, then one year ago Port Sorell and then Wynyard.

Congratulations to U3A Port Sorell on receiving the Australia Day Award from Latrobe Council as the Community Event of the year.