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Speaking at the launch of South Camden City Learning Centre, pensions...
Speaking at the launch of South Camden City Learning Centre, pensions

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.

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