Naju , Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    More than USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 27,221
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Education as bridge between generations and communities

Naju is a rapidly growing city which combines a brilliant past with an energetic present and a promising future. It was in Naju that the ancient kingdom of Baeg-jae (from BC 18 to AD 660) was founded.

Vision and motivation

Naju was selected as a site for a new innovation city named Bit-ga-ram, which means city of light and energy. The city is committed to creating a bright future for future generations; one of which its residents can be proud.

Challenges and goals

The city’s top priority is to overcome the spatial and temporal limitations that hinder participants’ access to lifelong learning programmes.

Creating a widespread learning culture and promoting learning in families and communities is the best way through which different age and social groups can communicate and understand one another.

Plan and implementation

To fully exploit its potential, Naju plans to offer useful lifelong learning programmes and professional training courses to its residents, from infants to senior citizens. Naju residents can take advantage of small community learning centres, libraries and customized programmes.

The city plans to expand opportunity by cooperating with a local university to design programmes which meet the needs of all citizens. It will support experts to deliver the lifelong learning programmes. Naju will furthermore assist women and senior citizens in gaining certificates through training programmes. It is also planned to create job opportunities for trainees and establish a social infrastructure for human resources.

People from adjacent cities will be able to benefit from the innovations taking place in Naju.

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