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Issue number 211 (August 2018) from the WorldU3A Service and the U3A Global Forum and a 3-minute video about our projects may be found here >>>
The Granny Cloud is an independent team of volunteers that reaches out to children all over the world (India, Greenland, Jamaica, Colombia) who typically do not have access to adequate educational facilities. ‘Grannies’ interact with children in all kinds of settings. Sessions can be as short as 20 minutes; while others last up to an hour.

The term ‘Granny' can be misleading! Grannies are of all ages, and there are both men and women, from different walks of life. What they have in common is a warm, encouraging, friendly ‘grandmother’ approach and they use that to enable children to think, question, figure things out for themselves and communicate. Most certainly NO LESSONS, but children learn a great deal and experience the world far removed from their own.

If you want to consider becoming a Granny, do visit the website and fill in the application.

THAILAND - Silpakorn U3A Network

Report from Thomas Kuan - SIGNPOST's Asia-Pacific Correspondent.

Thailand's Silapakorn University of the Third Age is a network of 8 senior citizens learning centres (see map). It was formed in April 2018, and altogether has 3330 members and still growing.

The two-day visit to U3rd Age in Singapore is a cultural event, exchanging examples of arts and crafts, followed by a day sight-seeing.

See their website at


The Workers Educational Association is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. Founded in 1903, the WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

Assessed ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2018, we have classes in almost every area of England and Scotland. You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.

With this application you can take your spreadsheets or tables or lists in documents and create interactive charts and graphs, stunning maps, live designs and fun applications in minutes, then publish anywhere on the web. Anyone can do it, it’s easy—and it’s free. There's also an excellent set of tutorials and videos to help you extend your skills.
NIGERIA - U3A Lagos inauguration
Please send a few words of greeting from yourself, your group or country to the first meeting of U3A Lagos Center. The inaugural meeting will be at 10am on August 15th at the First Baptist Church, 24 Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos.

It will be led by Dr David Oludare Mark, Director of the new U3A Lagos Center, and his email is Short messages of greeting sent to him will be read out at the meeting.

The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation that makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.

When a poet dies without making a recording, a precious resource is lost for ever and as time goes by that loss is felt more and more keenly. By recording poets reading their own work, The Poetry Archive preserves for future generations uniquely valuable voices which might otherwise be lost. You may also hear recordings of CLASSIC POEMS from the past read by contemporary poets.

UK GROUPS - British Library

Captain Cook's three voyages shaped Europe's knowledge of the world, yet had far-reaching consequences for the people of the lands they touched. On this website you will find a range of different perspectives, and these include responses from people of the communities Cook encountered. The Exhibition is adjacent to Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations and it's open during August 2018. A visit is strongly recommended.
AIUTA - UK Third Age Trust - Barcelona
Led by Ian McCannah, a strong delegation from UK Trust Age participated in the AIUTA Governing Board and International Conference in Barcelona last June. Melanie Nash spoke on The quality of education provided by UK U3As. UK delegates with Maria Chester, AIUTA Secretary General and Ian Funnell former AIUTA Treasurer had a working meeting with Prof F. Vellas, AIUTA President, on new international cooperation among U3As.
The Vice-Rector received AIUTA delegates at the University of Barcelona historic headquarters. On this occasion, the AFOPA Agrupacion d’Aules de Formacaes Permanent per a la Gent Gran de Catalunya organized, with the representative Mrs. Muntt Lamua Cassu, a recital of the choir of the Barcelona’s U3A.

Les délégués de l’AIUTA ont été reçus par la Vice-rectrice au siège historique de l’Universitee de Barcelone. A cette occasion, l’AFOPA Agrupacion d’Aules de Formacaes Permanent per a la Gent Gran de Catalunya a organise, avec la représentante Madame Muntt Lamua Cassu, un récital de la chorale de l’U3A de Barcelone.

INDIA - tree planting

Dr Pradeep Sinha of U3A Allahabad reports "We continue our programme of planting trees for our city"

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