- City population:500,000
- City/Urban area:4,400
- Population Density:Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
- GDP - country:USD$ 4,763
- Average number of years of schooling:12
Kashan, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Restoring ancient culture and identity
Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, the civilization of Kashan in the Sialk Hills is 7,000 years old.
Vision and Motivation
Kashan is one of the pioneer cities in Iran with an advanced education system. Kashan hopes that by being a UNESCO Learning City, the city will restore its ancient culture and identity create content to engage citizens in urban and social affairs promote a feeling of belonging among its citizens and achieve the goal of sustainable development.
Challenges and Goals
Despite the fact that Kashan has a well-established education system, the city faces challenges in building a learning city. Kashan expects that the learning city initiative will enhance its economic development and cultural prosperity, increase social cohesion and promote individual empowerment.
Plan and Implementation
To engage citizens in Kashan, the municipality has adopted a wide range of measures to promote a culture of lifelong learning. These measures include:
- Organizing educational festivals covering a wide range of topics. The two most significant learning festivals in Kashan are the Mentha Festival and the Vital Citizen Festival. These festivals feature public lectures and learn-by-doing events to promote public engagement and raise enthusiasm for learning.
- Promoting mental health education among citizens, especially for marginalized groups. Kashan pays special attention to citizens belonging to marginalized groups within the city, some of whom suffer from mental illnesses and may lack the ability to learn effectively. The city has adopted special provisions to encourage the integration of such groups.
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