minister, Ian McCartney praised the centre for its plans to
encourage older members of the community to make use of its
The City Learning Centre provides South Camden Community School,
other Camden schools and the local community with a state of the art
information and computer technology (ICT) resource.
Mr McCartney said:
'All too often the world of ICT is seen as the domain of the younger
generation. However, in the UK, there are around 19 million people
aged 50 and over and they account for 40% of the adult population.
'As many of this age group are leading longer, fitter lives they
often want to remain active by working for longer, participating in
life long learning or by getting involved in community activity.
'Learning in a community environment can help to reduce the sense of
isolation that many older people feel. So perhaps there is room for
some inter-generational work between pupils and older people. Such a
relationship could help to dispel any pre-conceptions each generation
holds of the other, building a stronger community in the process.'
The primary aim of the centre is to increase and enhance the nature
and range of learning opportunities of students and other learners in
Camden and Islington. More information on the centre can be found here.