Learning City Event: Smart City Expo LATAM Congress in La Puebla
The municipality of Puebla, Mexico, held the ‘Smart City Expo LATAM Congress’ on 27 June, offering participants a great opportunity to exchange knowledge for developing sustainable and smart cities in Mexico in particular and Latin America in general.
In this context, learning cities have an important role role to play. Raul Valdés Cotera, the coordinator of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, in his contribution to the congress, emphasized the function of learning cities in promoting information and communication technology (ICT) in order to elevate access to education and learning and assure quality. For its part, the Government of Puebla has been a pioneer in strengthening the preschool education system through the use of computer equipment. The Media Classes programme (which began in February 2017 at state level), has now provided computer labaratories to more than 3,000 schools over the state. Overall, the town hall of Puebla devoted 8 per cent of its budget to public expenditure to education. The most successful ICT programmes to be run in this smart city in the context of lifelong learning include health and culture in primary schools, and information literacy for adult learners.
Expanding ICTs to promote education and learning is one of the major building blocks of creating both smart and learning cities. Puebla will also be present at third International Conference on Learning Cities.