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Pilea-Hortiatis, Greece

  • City population: 
    70,653
  • City/Urban area: 
    155.800
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 18,002
  • Average number of years of schooling: 
    13

Networking to improve lifelong learning

The Municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis is situated in the northeastern part of the city of Thessaloniki, in the central Macedonia region. Its landscape is multifaceted and includes coastal areas, mountains and forests.

Vision and Motivation

The municipality believes that its inclusion in UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities (GLNC) will broaden its learning vision while providing a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices in cooperation with other municipalities and members of the network.

Challenges and Goals

One of Pilea-Hortiatis’s primary objectives is to develop sustainable strategies. In addition, it seeks to continuously improve its civil structure. Additionally, to encourage active citizenship, the municipality works to raise awareness of the region’s environment, promote solidarity between local communities, support local entrepreneurship and employment, and increase awareness of the outside world.

Plan and Implementation

Pilea-Hortiatis aims to offer multiple levels of education and training through public and private schools, and through scientific and cultural institutions, including the church, NGOs, and the city’s cultural centre.

A number of lifelong learning courses, conferences and events have been organized in cooperation with the University of Macedonia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Ministry of Education, research centres and foundations. In addition, a ‘second opportunity school’ offers evening classes for adults and e-learning courses on diverse topics, while voluntary teachers help students with their homework at evening classes held in the municipal library. Finally, an initiative called ‘Book Bus Stops’ has transformed several bus stops in the city into small libraries.

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