- City population:150,900
- City/Urban area:49
- Population Density:More than 500 inhabitants per km²
- GDP – city:Less than USD 10,000
- GDP - country:USD$ 1,711
- Average number of years of schooling:10.7
Opening the gateway to lifelong learning
Known as ‘the gateway to the Crimea’, Melitopol enjoys an important geopolitical location in Ukraine and well-developed industrial centers.
Vision and Motivation
Creating employment for everyone and boosting economic growth are the two main strategic objectives Melitopol aims to achieve by 2020. Melitopol has joined the UNESCO GNLC in order to utilize the power of lifelong learning to enhance its human capital, which is essential to the city’s sustainable growth.
Challenges and Goals
The recent closures of several important businesses in Melitopol greatly impacted the city’s socio-economic development, causing the unemployment rate to increase rapidly.
By joining the UNESCO GNLC, Melitopol aims to tackle: 1) a lack of opportunities for marginalized groups to participate in learning activities; 2) limited educational infrastructure; and 3) residents’ insufficient competitiveness in the job market.
Plan and Implementation
At policy level:
Melitopol will implement a number of initiatives aimed at improving the overall policy environment and fostering democracy and peace. The city has the political will to create a positive environment for education and lifelong learning.
At the practical level:
Melitopol has a number of partners around the world. The executive committee of Melitopol City Council actively supports the initiatives to develop a learning city action plan. And it is expected that the learning city initiative in Melitopol will be extended to the Zaporizhia region.
The city will allow the implementation of a strategically directed action to further promote the concept of lifelong learning and the city’s sustainable development.
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