Tlemcen, Algeria

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 4,154
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Empowering young adults to foster social cohesion

Tlemcen is a city in north-western Algeria, and the capital of the province of the same name. The city manufactures leather goods, carpets, and textiles, which it ships to the port of Rashgun for export.

Vision and motivation

Tlemcen sees the Learning City concept as a means of empowering citizens and providing young people with adequate training. Through UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities, the city wants to foster academic exchange and improve the lives of its inhabitants. In particular, it wants to increase the number of apprenticeships available to young people. Tlemcen’s commitment to become a Learning City is thus also a commitment to improving its citizens’ living conditions.

Challenges and goals

Economic prosperity and social cohesion are at the centre of Tlemcen’s vision of a Learning City. The city faces a number of specific challenges, which it is addressing by:

  • boosting the local economy;
  • fostering professional opportunities for young people; and
  • using technologies to enhance lifelong learning.

Plan and implementation

Tlemcen’s overall plan is to invigorate the local economy by improving training and educational opportunities for young people and adults. To achieve this, the city will map the various traineeships available in the city. Over a number of years, the city will develop a plan of action that will define its objectives and assess:

  • the financial resources available;
  • the demands of its social and economic partners; and
  • the number of young people interested in gaining work experience and developing new skills.

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Contact Person

Mr Mourad Bendimerad
Secretary General of Tlemcen City Council

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