University of the 3rd Age (U3A) in the Mani?
I've recently moved to Agios Nikolaos from the UK where I was a member of a thriving U3A. I'm wondering whether there are people in the area who would be interested in establishing a U3A here - so I thought I'd float the idea and if there are a dozen or more people interested then I think we could start something going.
What Is the U3A?
The aims of the U3A are to promote the values of lifelong learning. Members form interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities in which they are interested. Example topics might be:
- A book or film group,
- A walking group,
- A local history group,
- A bridge, chess or backgammon group,
- A language group (e.g. modern Greek),
- A crossword group.
For further ideas have a look at, say, the Faversham U3A. Basically, we could have a group whenever there are half a dozen or so people who have a shared interest. No qualifications are sought or offered: it's simply learning for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive.
Also, there is no distinction between the learners and the teachers: the idea is based around self-learning, possibly guided by members who have more knowledge or experience.
I'm interested - how do we get this started?
This can only work if there are enough of us who are motivated to do so. At a minimum I'd suggest a dozen or so. But since I'm interested, that means I've only got to find 11 other people!
So if you too are interested, can you drop firstname.lastname@example.org an email. It'd be helpful if you could say in that email:
- Where you live,
- What your interests are (i.e. what groups would you be interested in participating in).
- Do you use Facebook or WhatsApp?
Then, if there is sufficient interest, I'll set up a meeting - probably in mid to late September - to take things further.