‘12 Cities – 12 Perspectives’: UNESCO Learning City Awardees 2015 provide insights into their achievements
7 July 2016
‘It is very encouraging to see the commitment of cities in very different parts of our world to improving the lives of their citizens,’ says Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, which coordinates the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.
The Learning City Awardees 2015 were Melton (Australia), Sorocaba (Brazil), Beijing (China), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), Espoo (Finland), Cork (Ireland), Amman (Jordan), Mexico City (Mexico), Ybycuí (Paraguay), Balanga (Philippines), Namyangju (Republic of Korea) and Swansea (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). In their interviews, these cities explain the three key ideas behind their learning cities. All of them share a vision: to provide quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all in order to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The interviews demonstrate that while on one hand learning cities share certain common characteristics, on the other hand different contexts, cultures and development goals lead to every learning city adopting a unique approach. The interview series provides inspiration for cities around the world. Click here to access the interviews online.
The next UNESCO Learning City Award will be presented in 2017 to cities that have made exemplary progress in implementing lifelong learning at the local level. Applications are open for members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities until 31 August 2016. UNESCO looks forward to receiving applications for the Award from cities all over the world.