Gwanak-gu, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    More than USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 27,213
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

People, Learning, Libraries and Happiness

Gwanak-gu District is located in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. As the home of the Korean Association of Lifelong Learning City, Gwanak-gu enjoys a strong infrastructure of lifelong learning facilities.

Vision and Motivation

Gwanak-gu endeavours to offer all its citizens equal access to education. It looks to build ‘people-centered networks’ in the belief that ‘people make the city, and the city makes people’.

Challenges and Goals

  • Defining the concept of lifelong learning
  • Developing a culture of lifelong learning
  • Improving governance
  • Building a sustainable community

Plan and Implementation

  • Defining the concept of lifelong learning
    Helping all citizens acquire literacy and basic skills
  • Creating a learning environment
    Establishing small local libraries and ensuring that no one is more than ten minutes away from their local branch
  • A united library network
    Any library book can be delivered to another branch upon request using the internet or smartphone
  • University cooperation
    Opening the facilities of the Seoul National University to the community; cooperating with colleges and affiliated facilities, such as museums
  • Provision of lifelong learning courses
    Specialized programmes to ensure lifelong learning for children, homemakers, retired and older people
  • Establishing the Lifelong Learning Festival
    Hosting an annual event to promote a lifelong learning culture

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