Suncheon, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    Between 300 and 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 28,338
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Lifelong Learning for Happiness and Satisfaction

Suncheon, with its expanse of natural wetlands, is considered by some to be the ecological capital of South Korea.

Vision and Motivation

The city of Suncheon identifies lifelong learning as a valuable approach to improve citizens’ awareness of its ecological assets. The city desires to become an open education society as well as an inclusive learning society. The city also wants its citizens to enjoy the benefits of quality lifelong learning and experience happiness and satisfaction through participation.

Challenges and Goals

The city of Suncheon’ challenges and goals are;

  • Inequality in education and low cultural awareness
  • Individual empowerment and social cohesion
  • Sustainability
  • Economic empowerment and cultural prosperity

Plan and Implementation

Suncheon has established a specialized, well-funded independent learning division in its municipality. The city has taken steps in implementing the learning city projects, which include:

  • Adult literacy programmes
  • Course for all ages and genders
  • Specialised curriculum for technical education
  • Training for local talents
  • Localised curriculum to address the city’s unique environment
  • Encouraging citizens’ involvement and participation in planning, solving problems and achieving community goals

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