UNESCO learning cities’ responses to COVID-19: City of Osan’s TTASUM mask-sharing project


© City of Osan, Republic of Korea
9 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 UNESCO learning city of Osan, Republic of Korea, provided one of them. The city launched the TTASUM Mask-Sharing Project in March 2020. The project aims to create a warm culture of companionship by raising and sharing citizens’ consciousness of collective endeavour.

Despite quarantine and social-distancing measures being implemented in response to the pandemic, concerns of a mask shortage were growing in the community. This project, wherein local citizens are provided with filter-replaceable cotton masks, was the municipal government’s response.

Learn more in our multimedia story.