Eskişehir, Turkey

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 9,126
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Utilizing lifelong learning to ‘uplift people’

Eskişehir wishes to join the UNESCO GNLC to further extend its cooperation with other learning cities in project and capacity development.

Vision and Motivation

‘Uplifting people’: this is how Eskişehir sees the impact of education and lifelong learning. The city of Eskişehir recognizes the vital importance of education and aims to provide equal access to learning opportunities for people regardless of their socio-economic status, ethnic background or gender.

Challenges and Goals

Securing adequate funding is the foremost challenge currently facing Eskişehir. By joining the UNESCO GNLC, the city aims to take advantage of being a member of a network, and to share experiences and challenges with other cities. In addition, Eskişehir wants to ensure economic development and cultural prosperity by adopting the Key Features of Learning Cities and promoting sustainable development. 

Plan and Implementation

The mayor of Eskişehir has founded two universities and one open university in the city. This illustrates the city’s commitment to learning.

Eskişehir Municipality sees its city as a school that educates and trains people. The city focuses on helping disadvantaged and marginalized people and promoting their socio-economic development through various public learning opportunities.

The municipality has adopted a wide variety of policies focusing on making public services accessible to every individual. This includes enabling online registration for the courses offered at regional education centres, improving the public transportation system for people with disabilities, and facilitating their access to all public learning resources.

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