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Dilijan, Armenia

  • City population: 
    26,798
  • City/Urban area: 
    635
  • Population Density: 
    Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 3,489
  • Average number of years of schooling: 
    11.3

Transforming into an Educational and Cultural Centre

Located at the geographical crossroads of Europe and Asia, Dilijan is looking to also become a crossroads of education and culture in Armenia through the building of a learning city. 

Vision & Motivation

Dilijan is working towards becoming an educational and cultural hub in Armenia, where the community is empowered to contribute to the economic development of the city. By joining the GNLC, Dilijan also hopes to transform itself into an educational and cultural center of international importance. 

Challenges & Areas of Support

Dilijan experienced a difficult period after the collapse of the Soviet Union, with increased unemployment and declining economic development. The city hopes that, by joining the GNLC, its economy will grow as its citizens develop new skills and knowledge through community-based learning opportunities.

Plan and Implementation

Dilijan has enlisted the help of local organizations to develop universal learning experiences for its citizens. Currently, its partnership network includes (1) the United World College Dilijan, which is an IB school with students from 72 countries; (2) Dilijan Community Center, which offers vocational education for all age groups; (3) Bridge of Hope, an inclusive learning center; (4) Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, free after school lessons on modern technologies; 5) Dilijan Central School - educational methods development.

By joining the UNESCO GNLC Dilijan City committed to strengthening relations with existing partners and expand its network to more external stakeholders. Dilijan plans to establish a cross-sector collaboration system, and allow the partner institutions to organize joint educational, cultural and social events, in cooperation with local schools and communities. The current plan will ensure that the culture of lifelong learning will be fostered deeply in every community in Dilijan.

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