National secretary was at UnB to learn about extension project aimed at the population over 40 years


Rogério Ulson and Margô Karnikowski (center in the foreground) and dozens of UniSer students were in the Rectory Auditorium. Meeting can make feasible government initiative. Photo: Amália Gonçalves / Secom UnB


The Universidade do Envelhecer (UniSer) – an extension program created four years ago at the University of Brasília – can inspire the implementation of a federal government initiative to improve the quality of life of the elderly. Last week, Rogério Ulson, the national secretary for the Promotion and Defense of the Rights of the Elderly, visited UnB to learn about the project.


"We are checking the possibility of making agreements with municipalities, so that provide rooms for classes for the elderly," Ulson said. "I came to UnB to learn about the methodology and see if we can do something similar, although less ambitious," said the secretary, who attended the presentation of UniSer students in the Rectory Auditorium.


The main aspect of the UniSer program is the Social Political Educator course in Gerontology, which enables adults and the elderly to become active subjects in the construction of policies for aging. Over the course of a year and a half, students take classes on subjects such as Self Care, Quality of Life, Law and Citizenship, and Politics and Education. Currently, there are eight classes of the course in progress.


"We are pioneers in promoting education programs in the area of aging, mainly due to the way we carry out the activities, with a structured pedagogical project executed by professionals with training in several areas," said UnB Ceilândia Faculty Professor Margô Karnikowski, UniSer’s Coordinator.


She and the secretary should reconvene to discuss possible partnerships. According to Ulson, the secretariat, linked to the Ministry of Human Rights, is expected to launch a pilot project, initially covering about 30 municipalities. "We need to act urgently to improve the quality of life of the elderly," he said.


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