The Importance of Building Learning Cities: An Interview with the Mayor of Kingston, Jamaica

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“I believe cities set the foundation for the personal empowerment of people and their contribution to economic and social life”, said Ms Angela Brown Burke, mayor of Kingston, Jamaica, in an interview with the Coordination Team of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. 

During the interview, which was held on 11 April 2014, the Mayor of Kingston underlined the need for cities to become learning cities. She suggested a participation approach; i.e., bringing together all partners and stakeholders and combining their best ideas.

Ms Brown Burke, who served as Chair of the Drafting Committee at the first International Conference on Learning Cities, also reaffirmed the importance of the Global Network of Learning Cities as a platform and forum to share ideas and practices. In particular, she emphasized the value for stakeholders of sharing experiences of difficulties and the measures taken to tackle them, instead of just highlighting success stories in building learning cities.

At the end of the interview, Ms Brown Burke expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the first International Conference on Learning Cities and introduced the roadmap for developing a learning city in Kingston.

To read the full interview, please see the April 2014 newsletter of the Global Network of Learning Cities.