- We hope that already in 2012 we will find mPLN 65 of support for additional activities, which in comparison with today’s funding means an increase by a few hundred per cent - the head of government said, referring to the funding of activities for the seniors. He added that the government will increase this amount by 20 000 000 PLN every year. In 2014 the sum will amount to 110 000 000 PLN.
The Prime Minister to the students of the University of the Third Age (video: TVN Agency)
The Prime Minister underlined that the level of engagement in voluntary services by older people in Poland remains very low. - Our programme Świetliki, realised on the commune and district scale, will be devoted to encouraging older people to be active - he underlined.
- This task will not only be fulfilled by Universities of the Third Age. We want a national network of health workshops to be launched, which will make mutual aid possible through health education, meetings with doctors and introduction of the elements of rehabilitation - the head of government explained.
- Wisdom, common sense, readiness to be active even if the circumstances not always make it possible - this is what makes you priceless people, also from the perspective of the interests of the whole state - said Donald Tusk.
The University of the Third Age has been operating at the Warsaw School of Economics since 2006. Around 650 students attend the classes organised by the School. The University of the Third Age at the Warsaw School of Economics is a founder of the National Memorandum on the Universities of the Third Age assembling 55 institutions in the whole of Poland.
All in all there are over 300 Universities of the Third Age operating in Poland, with over 100,000 students. The first University of the Third Age was established in Poland in1975, in Warsaw. It was one of the first institutions of this kind in the world.