Learning cities in Argentina: Villa María joins the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities


© Villa María
20 June 2016

Villa María is the first learning city in Argentina to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. It sees lifelong learning as key to improving social cohesion, to providing more opportunities for personal growth and fulfilment, and to promoting sustainability.

A small city of around 77,000 inhabitants, Villa María boasts almost universal literacy: according to the city’s statistics, 99,13% of its residents can read and write.

Fostering active citizenship and community spirit through lifelong learning

Benefiting from its literacy rate, the city’s ‘Villa María Learning City Programme’ sets its focus on expanding and intensifying links between local education institutions and the labour market, and on fostering informal and non-formal learning approaches. Through this programme, the city aims to generate more dialogue and interaction within the community, which in turn will serve to advance the personal, social and economic wellbeing of its inhabitants.

By joining the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, the city of Villa María is looking to expand its knowledge base in order to create a culture of learning throughout life, and to integrate formal, informal and non-formal learning approaches into its educational policies. It hopes to collaborate openly within the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, sharing its best practices and experiences with other learning cities in Argentina and around the world.