Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Latin America and the Caribbean

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 28,353
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

A sustainable learning city for all beach-lovers

Teeming with natural, cultural and human riches, Philipsburg – the centre of the beach-lover’s paradise Sint Maarten – wishes to become a learning city.

Vision and Motivation

Inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, Sint Maarten has set ambitious goals. The island aims to establish a lifelong learning culture which both embodies the island’s unique culture and embraces an international spirit. Contributing to the SDGs by ‘building a knowledgeable society’ has become part of the island’s development plan.

Challenges and Goals

As a popular tourist destination, Sint Maarten is joining the UNESCO GNLC with the aim of enhancing inclusive learning in the education system and creating a widespread culture of learning. The initiative will tackle unemployment among young people.

Plan and Implementation

Using the Guidelines for Building Learning Cities as a basis, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in Sint Maarten listed six areas of focus for the coming years:

  • Developing strong partnerships with NGOs and youth organizations to provide capacity-building and support for youth.
  • Developing the monitoring and evaluation process for tracking progress in building the learning city.
  • Providing guidelines for programme development, and training ministry staff in the lifelong learning approach.
  • Enhancing public awareness of lifelong learning and the learning city concept.
  • Fostering collaboration with international stakeholders, and making use of best practice and international expertise.
  • Gathering and analysing relevant data.

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Latin America and the Caribbean


Mr William Marlin

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Ms Ruth Linger
Head of Department of Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sint Maarten
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