Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 632
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Empower citizens with knowledge, skills and attitudes

Bahir Dar joined the GNLC with the commitment to utilise education to enhance citizens’ employability and entrepreneurial skills, contributing to a sustainable learning city.

Vision & Motivation

Bahir Dar holds a vision that citizens can live peacefully with each other, with gender, social, economic, ethnic or religious background making no difference to how they are treated. Every citizen is encouraged to realise their full potential through a constant learning process.

Challenges & Areas of Support

Though Bahir Dar enjoyed lasting economic growth in recent years, poverty and access to primary education remain a challenge. Additionally, the city wishes to improve the following areas by joining the GNLC:

  • Individual empowerment
  • Inequality in socio-economic status and gender balance
  • Insufficient access to affordable ICT tools for learning purposes

Plan and Implementation

Mostly directed by Bahir Dar University, the city of Bahir Dar adopted a unique university-led approach in terms of designing and implementing a strategy for building a learning city.

Inspired by the Key Features of Learning Cities, Bahir Dar University has established seven separate units to further implement their vision. The units include: research, intervention, institutional linkage, mobilisation and events, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

In addition, the city will also seek a more diversified involvement in developing and implementing the learning city action plan, including city administration, community-based organizations, civil society, NGOs and educational institutions at all levels. It aims to secure the essential foundation for building a learning city, and more importantly, it provides wide access and mobilises people to become involved in the process.

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