Edinburgh Napier University
Having an ageing population and a rising number of lonely people is a major issue around the world, especially in the UK.
The Old School tackles this issue, enhancing education by proposing a new way of learning which depens links between generations.
Many elders spent a lifetime developing skills, which could be taught to younger people. Why don’t we use skilled elderly people to enhance our education system?
In a formalised way, The Old School proposes a new programme where retired individuals could be paid to teach in schools. This would help young people to discover various types of unconsidered practices, but also to learn from qualified people in a different way and rhythm.
This idea could also go some way to solving the problem of loneliness in the elderly by making them feel valued and part of a community of learners.