Clermont-Ferrand, France

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 36,205
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Reinventing the city through global citizenship

Clermont-Ferrand, known as the capital of short films, is located in a volcanic region in the centre of France. It has a vibrant economy that favours innovation.

Vision and Motivation

Joining the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities has allowed Clermont-Ferrand to participate in an exchange of expertise on an international level. This in turn has helped to identify, link and transmit knowledge (e.g. academic, professional, regional and family-based expertise) and has established lifelong learning as an essential condition for the city’s development. Citizens’ response to the city’s initiatives to date points to a collective will to (re-)engage in learning.

Challenges and Goals

Clermont-Ferrand’s public policies are directed at reinventing the city, based on ‘global citizenship’ values. The challenges facing the city include the need to enhance economic development, boost cultural prosperity and achieve progress in matters of sustainability.

Plan and Implementation

Clermont-Ferrand has collectively developed an action plan that includes the Learning City concept. An orientation, monitoring and evaluation committee has been established to connect residents, professionals, teachers and academics. The city will guarantee its citizens access to the knowledge needed to empower themselves and participate in the city’s governance. It is also in the process of conceptualizing programmes designed to promote unity among its citizens. The ‘Espace Mandela’ – one of the city’s cultural initiatives that fosters international exchange – received the ‘Space of identity – Learning City’ award. Clermond-Ferrand is taking steps to mobilize the public and private funds needed to finance its projects.

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