VHS Branch. Computer Knowledge Course (EDV, as they are called in Germany). One of the first skills that an associate professor instills in his students is not to put a water bottle on the table with the equipment turned on.
Meanwhile, in an adjoining room, listeners undressed to linen try on freshly cut and sour cream outfits. This is a course of cutting and sewing. In the hall opposite, dignified couples practice the figures of ballroom dancing to music.
A characteristic detail: in audiences people of all ages. Even children attending music classes and a ballet class after school. However, the more modern the subject, the older the audience. For example, pensioners gnaw at granite computer science - at the time of their youth there was nothing like this. In the 90s, EDV was the most sought after subject at VHS and other adult educational institutions. The people signed up for it both on their own, afraid of falling behind time, and by decision of employers who urgently introduced electronic office work. Thanks to popular universities, computers quickly fit into business and home life. Organized training was held for workers - mostly middle-aged people. And then veterans showed a craving for computer courses, out of sports interest.
However, life is changing rapidly. Today, when you won’t surprise anyone with a computer, the subject of EDV has receded into the background. And "studying youth", that is, pensioners, is actively enrolling in courses on the development of smartphones. They are taught there to actively use the many functions of the gadget.
Such examples confirm that learning (in the words of Comrade Saakhov, although he had in mind something else) is "not too early for anyone and never too late." In Passau County, a pensioner who has recently turned eighty lives. By her anniversary, she completed the “round”, eightieth year of VHS.
The vigorous statement of Comrade Saakhov can be supplemented with one more point: ... and is accessible to everyone. For the sake of this universal accessibility, this unprecedented project was once started.
How it all began.
The birth time of public universities is considered to be 1919, and the place is the city of Quickborn in northern Germany. Here at the beginning of the 20th century an unusual working group was formed, which was also called Quickborn (German Quickborn-Arbeitskreis). It included members of the youth Catholic movement, who actively collaborated with Catholic communities that brought together older people. The tasks solved in Quickborn were not so much canonical as they were socially significant: the struggle for healthy leisure, without drinking and smoking, with the independent development of new knowledge and skills, and the expansion of horizons. In 1919, a public higher school began to operate as part of the Quickborn group, in which various academic subjects were taught to all comers: both scientific and artistic. They introduced “revolutionary innovations” into the program: sexuality education, natural and legal aspects of gender equality, etc. Under Hitler, the Quickborn group was banned, a number of its activists lost their freedom and even life. The group was revived after the Second World War, it exists today.
Germany begins with the Youth Military School.
A dense network of public higher schools covering the entire territory of Germany was formed in the second half of the 20th century, when the Federal Union of National Higher Schools of Youth (German Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband, DVV) began to operate, which brought these institutions together. However, the “roof” of DVV is purely methodological. Organizational people's universities are independent institutions, and financially they are tied to the local budget. Some courses, depending on social significance, are also fueled from the land and federal budgets.