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Kaunas, Lithuania

  • City population: 
    304,097
  • City/Urban area: 
    157
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 10,000 and USD 15,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 13,880
  • Average number of years of schooling: 
    12

Learning always and everywhere

Kaunas was one of the first cities in Lithuania to adopt the learning city concept 15 years ago.

Vision and motivation

Proclaimed by the Mayor of Kaunas, the city committed to join the GNLC and to build a learning city that benefits every resident.

Kaunas envisages building a learning city and developing a society with advanced information and knowledge. Kaunas aims to promote individual learning by providing its citizens with adequate formal and non-formal learning opportunities, as well as by expanding its partnership network.

Challenges and goals

Currently, Kaunas faces challenges in facilitating secure, sustainable economical development and cultural prosperity. Through the learning city initiative, the city will tackle these challenges head on by providing inclusive education, expanding access to learning resources and ensuring equal access to opportunities.

Plan and implementation

Kaunas City Council has formally adopted the city’s strategy, entitled “Kaunas – Learning City”, which provides a detailed plan for future activities and information on measurement and monitoring processes.

The city has also established a local board, comprised of representatives from stakeholders and members of citizen groups and other organizations.

To further implement the learning city concept, Kaunas aims to collaborate with universities to provide quality educational programmes, learning activities, modules and staff.

The Kaunas Old Town Development Strategy is a strong example of a successful collaboration between the city and a university. The project strengthened people’s understanding of the city’s unique history and tradition and thus enhanced social cohesion.

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