Nonsan, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • GDP – city: 
    More than USD 25,000
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

A vibrant economy

Nonsan is the birthplace of Chungcheong Confucianism. It is also a city with a vibrant economy that attracts companies and has laid the foundation for attracting major institutions related to national defence. 

Vision and Strategy

Nonsan has developed a lifelong learning strategy that works towards changing citizens’ lives and society through learning. Additionally, the city promotes health and well-being for its older populations and job growth.

Policies, Plan and Implementation

Sustainability and health

  • The city promotes a lifelong learning culture and sustainability of initiatives by strengthening the role of lifelong learning institutions at different levels in the region. To promote a healthy community, mobile walking applications and video conference platforms are used to overcome limited indoor and outdoor activities due to COVID-19. 

Equity and inclusion

  • A lifelong learning portal and cyber-cultural centre enable citizens to learn anywhere, at any time. To guarantee the right to learn and to make sure no one is left behind, the city has also established a Korean-language school and transformed the senior citizens’ centres into lifelong learning complexes for rural village citizens. 

Decent work and entrepreneurship

  • The city promotes on-the-job training, focusing on adult literacy teachers, lifelong learning managers and qualification courses. Moreover, it facilitates local participation in the workforce and entrepreneurship. 

Good practices

The Village School

  • This programme promotes a learning culture in the daily lives of older people, who attend courses on Hangul (the Korean alphabet) and literacy, and activities such as the publication of newsletters, in senior citizen centres.  

The Nonsan Citizens' University

  • The Nonsan Citizens’ University provides grassroot democratic citizen education along with other learning activities to improve the quality of local people’s lives and capabilities. 

Lifelong learning scholarship for citizens

  • To ensure everyone’s right to learn, a lifelong learning card is provided to adults aged 19 and older, enabling them to enrol in courses depending on their needs. 
  • This initiative aims at benefiting 10,000 citizens, offering KRW 120,000 per person (KRW100,000 from the city and KRW 20,000 from individual participant) to be used in 119 places of lifelong learning centres in the jurisdiction. Around 1,500 courses are available, including online lifelong learning courses. 

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