ECA President Emeritus helps celebrate 10 years of Grundtvig

Prof. Brian Groombridge's involvement with the programme showcased.


The Grundtvig programme which supports cooperation in adult education and training is showcasing a range of organisations and individuals who have been involved in the programme to help celebrate its 10th anniversary. As part of this the ECA's President Emeritus Brian Groombridge, a beneficiary of the programme has been asked to contribute the story of his association with the Grundtvig programme.


In his interview Brian states that to him "Grundtvig is much more than a constructive programme of grant aid: the name relates in a way to my whole career and philosophy, my indebtedness to this influential, controversial, creative Danish man himself, Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783 - 1872), an amazing Bishop, poet, philologist and philosopher as well as priest and theologian."


In 1955 when Brian was the Principal of ECA member organsiation Letchworth Settlement, he was nominated by the then ECA General Secretary Ray Lamb to attend a UNESCO seminar in Denmark on Scandinavian adult education. This is where Brian first learnt about Grundtvig.


Brian talks about how Nikolaj Grundtvig had provided the inspiration for the Folk High School movement. He also tells how he attended the 200th anniversary conference to celebrate Grundtvig's birthday held in Copenhagen in 1983 amongst 200 other people from 30 countries.


The programme recently enabled Brian to give a presentation on artistic creativity in old age at the LLinE (Lifelong Learning in Europe) organised conference on Lifelong Learning and Wellbeing which took place in Tuusula, Finland in January 2010. This presentation has since been followed up with an article ''Out of the twilight zone' -the arts and wellbeing in the third age' in the June/July edition of the LLinE journal.


Brian's showcase, in which he is pictured with a staff member of the Finnish Sastalama College he met through the ECA Coordinated Grundtvig partnership project ‘Teddy Bear’, sits alongside one with ECA Chair and CEO Bernard Godding. Bernard's interview focuses on the professional and personal effects that the two ECA Grundtvig projects, TEACh and Teddybear have had on him and the ECA.


To read both showcases please visit http://www.grundtvig.org.uk/page.asp?section=000100010046§ionTitle=Celebrating+10+Years+of+Grundtvig


Date Added: October 26th 2010