Third age learning in Hong Kong: The Elder Academy experience

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Abstract

It is the aim of this chapter to describe and discuss third age learning in Hong Kong, including its development over the past few decades. In particular, the Elder Academy Scheme is introduced and examined as a model of providing third age learning in Hong Kong. The Elder Academy Scheme is a network of elder academies, which requires cross-sectoral collaboration and joint engagement between the government and various stakeholders, forming a network with a range of schools, institutions and organisations and developing a variety of learning opportunities at various levels and in different modes, formal and non-formal, for elder learners. The Elder Academy Scheme does not follow any particular model of third age learning and is thus claimed to be unique with characteristics specific to Hong Kong. This book chapter will outline its characteristics, structure and organisation and compare it with other models of third age learning provision in the world, with an aim to delineate its uniqueness and differences. However, its limitations and need for evaluation will also be identified in order for third age learning to be further developed and to flourish in Hong Kong. For instance, one imminent challenge is the lack of stable and sustainable funding and support from the government for providers and elder learners through the Elder Academy Scheme. Moreover, there is a need of policy to shift from the market-oriented provision to one that supports third age learning as a necessity for people, regardless of age, ability and background, to engage in simply because they have the natural capacity and desire to continue to learn throughout one’s lifespan. Copyright © 2019 Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe university of the third age and active ageing: European and Asian-Pacific perspectives
EditorsMarvin FORMOSA
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages169-179
ISBN (Electronic)9783030215156
ISBN (Print)9783030215149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Tam, M. (2019). Third age learning in Hong Kong: The Elder Academy experience. In M. Formosa (Ed.), The university of the third age and active ageing: European and Asian-Pacific perspectives (pp. 169-179). Cham: Springer.

Keywords

  • University of the Third Age
  • Elder Academy
  • Older adult learning
  • Third age learning
  • Geragogy
  • Hong Kong

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