Development Education Action
Organization profile published 1977

Publisher:  Development Education Centre, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX494

Development Education Action (DEA) is a reflection-action group composed of senior citizens.

Abstract:  Development Education Action (DEA) is a reflection-action group composed of senior citizens. DEA grew out of a belief that many other people want "something beyond" existing programs; and that they would like to be involved with others who are engaged in serious research and action on issues of common concern. The following are some of their concerns and views: 1)"that we will recognize the struggle that has gone on in Canada for financial, housing and health measures which give greater security for Canadians in the later years. 2) that we will become aware of the need to articulate our belief that much more struggle is required if older people in Canada are to regain their independence and become creative people again. 3) that by looking at life for older people in an entirely different system than our own, we may see other possibilities for he Canadian situation. 4) that, as we look at new possibilities in Canada, we will begin to see that our struggle to be rid of the myths about again, to change the attitude toward the elderly, to enhance the quality of life in the later years, is very much related to the struggle of others for independence, fulfillment and greater security."

Out of their discussion and work together, DEA decided to make a slide-tape montage about growing old in China and Canada; some DEA members have lived and worked in China before the revolution and some have visited their in recent years. The montage entitled "The Old Ones"(28 mins.) is available for rental ($20.00) and contains a kit with resources to maximize the use of the slide-tape. A brochure describing DEA's history and goals is also available.

Development Education Action will be glad to assist others who are interested in forming such a group.
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