Expand your skills, broaden your mind

LOCKYER Valley resident, Guy Urbain is calling for interested members of the public to join the University of the Third Age (U3A) Lockyer for upcoming tutorials.

U3A is a concept which was initiated in Europe which offers skills and lessons to anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge.

“It is not a university in the sense that there will be no exams, qualifications or diplomas,” Mr Urbain said, adding the idea was to have a group of people who would share their knowledge on a range of subjects.

“You do not have to commit yourself, it is all voluntary, you won't get a bad mark.”

U3A class hours are arranged by both the students and tutors to suit everyone's needs with subjects running for as short as five weeks.

“If you have a little bit of knowledge and are ready to share, you can become a tutor, you don't need teaching experience or qualifications,” Mr Urbain said.

Students attending classes will not be supplied with any materials and as such are expected to provide their own.

“If there is a paint class, you must bring your own brushes, paints and canvas.”

“Other than that there are no strict rules, you do it to have a good time and to learn things,” Mr Urbain said, adding that no one is expected to join in the first week but should be willing to pay membership by the second.

“If there are more student than the teacher can handle, a second class will be created.”

Classes for U3A Lockyer will begin this week with hopes of increasing student and tutor numbers over the coming months.

Subjects currently available include plant propagation, crochet, meditation, computer skills and folk singing.

For more information about joining a U3A class or creating your own, phone Guy Urbain on 5411 4100 or email u3alockyer@y7mail.com.


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