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Namyangju’s learning lighthouses

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1 September 2015

Unlocking the Potential of Urban Communities: Case Studies of Twelve Learning Cities showcases cities in different parts of the world that are embracing lifelong learning for all. The book explores how the learning city approach can be used to unlock citizens’ potential, focusing on the experiences of twelve cities from all five UNESCO regions: Melton (Australia), Sorocaba (Brazil), Beijing (China), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), Espoo (Finland), Cork (Ireland), Amman (Jordan), Mexico City (Mexico), Ybycuí (Paraguay), Balanga (Philippines), Namyangju (Republic of Korea) and Swansea (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). These cities will be celebrated at the book’s launch at the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC), which will take place in Mexico City from 28 to 30 September 2015. Join us there and help shape the future of learning cities!

Namyangju’s learning lighthouses

“Learning is the driving force that enables residents to grow and the city to develop. Namyangju is building a learning city where residents take a leading role. Not only are citizens learning new things, but they are also building relationships with neighbours and participating in community activities.” - Mayor of Namyuangju – Seok-Woo Lee

Namyangju’s 1-2-3 Lifelong Learning Infrastructure project is improving access to learning for citizens of all ages. Learning Lighthouses, which won Korea’s 2013 Lifelong Learning Award and have since inspired similar initiatives throughout the country, are an important component of the 1-2-3 Lifelong Learning Infrastructure. Initiated by citizens themselves, Learning Lighthouses turn unused spaces around the city into community learning spaces. The city government ultimately intends to ensure that no resident is more than a ten-minute walk away from the nearest Learning Lighthouse. Learning Lighthouses not only offer opportunities to learn; they also promote community, cooperation and active citizenship.

See Namyangu's video at here.

Read about the other cases here.