Learning cities’ responses to COVID-19: The City of Milan’s ’15-minute’ initiative


© City of Milan, Italy
27 September 2021

When the COVID-19 global pandemic hit in 2020, governments around the world temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. But how did learning continue for young and old during this time?

In our new publication Snapshots of learning cities’ responses to COVID-19, we showcase local responses to COVID-19. The city of Milan, Italy, provided one of them. As part of its Adaptation Strategy for 2020, Milan introduced the ‘15-minute’ initiative, the aim of which is to ensure the proximity of public services to the city’s inhabitants, minimize movement (and therefore the risk of spreading the coronavirus) and reduce inequalities between neighbourhoods. This strategy, government officials say, must be part of the ‘new normal’; that is, life post- COVID-19 and beyond. 

Learn more in our multimedia story.