- City population:59,873
- City/Urban area:34
- Population Density:More than 500 inhabitants per km²
- GDP - country:USD$ 28,353
- Average number of years of schooling:12
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Latin America and the Caribbean
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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