Aims and objectives

MATURE provides training to improve teaching and learning for older adults in formal and non-formal adult education. Training focusses on ways to connect with and motivate non-participant groups of older people and fulfil their overt and covert learning needs.

The project has produced information and advice about learning and its benefits for intermediary agencies that work with older people.

Our objectives were to:

  • Identify and analyse barriers to engagement in learning.
  • Seek out examples of good practice in engaging hard to reach older adults.
  • Use the research as the basis of a European response to the engagement in learning of disadvantaged older people.
  • Explore the role of intermediary agencies, organisations and individuals in supporting older people to take action.
  • Analyse the potential role of intermediaries in overcoming barriers to participation in learning.
  • Develop face-to-face and self study training for adult educators.
  • Test the training.
  • Ensure that MATURE products are quality assured.
  • Make the products of MATURE as widely accessible as possible.
  • Take a multi-lingual approach to the publication of project products.
  • Make appropriate links on behalf of the project across Europe.