- City population:869,165
- City/Urban area:53.4
- Population Density:More than 500 inhabitants per km²
- GDP – city:Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
- GDP - country:USD$ 28,338
- Average number of years of schooling:12
Bucheon, Republic of Korea
A New 100 Years: Space, Content & Participation
Since its selection as a learning city in 2002 by the Republic of Korea Government, Bucheon has developed new strategies to implement the lifelong learning concept.
Vision and Motivation
To guarantee civil participation, Bucheon is expanding the learning city philosophy: lifelong learning for all, made for and by its citizens. By encouraging a civilian presence and partnerships among stakeholders, Bucheon hopes to reduce learning disparities between the old and new town. Lifelong learning programmes are also being implemented to improve education and cultural learning.
Challenges and Goals
- Ageing population
- Cultural prosperity
- Learning opportunities gap
- Learning circle expansion
Plan and Implementation
Bucheon University is at the centre of the city’s lifelong learning programme; however, ‘learning circles’ to increase civil participation, projects to strengthen civil capacity and effective resources management have also been developed.
Bucheon’s ‘100 years’ strategy also proposes the following :
- More learning spaces
Community-based learning spaces made up of public and private facilities, such as museums and restaurants, have been secured.
- Increased programme content
Systematic learning goals and customized programmes have been developed.
- Learning participation
Educators are encouraged to facilitate learning and to develop learning programmes for workers and marginalized people.
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