Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What is U3A?

It is a world wide organisation for retired and semi-retired people, with more than 3000 registered groups in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and China. Australia per head of population has the largest number of U3A groups in the world.

U3A stands for University of the Third Age, using the word university in the earliest sense of a community of people who get together to help each other in a learning/social experience and the Third Age referring to that stage in our lives where we have passed left behind the First Age (Childhood) and the Second Age (Child Rearing and Working).

We now have time to catch up on those activities we have always wanted to do before we move onto the Fourth Age (when we lose our mobility and independence).

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