The population in cities continues to rise; in response to this increase, local governments are devising creative and innovative ways to promote lifelong learning and sustainable development. To highlight some of these approaches, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has published a second volume of learning city case studies from around the world, titled ‘Unlocking the Potential of Urban Communities. Volume II. Case Studies of Sixteen Learning Cities’.
This publication profiles the 16 recipients of the UNESCO Learning City Award 2017: Villa María (Argentina), Contagem (Brazil), Mayo-Baléo (Cameroon), Hangzhou (China), Giza (Egypt), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Larissa (Greece), N’Zérékoré (Guinea), Pécs (Hungary), Surabaya (Indonesia), Limerick (Ireland), Okayama City (Japan), Câmara de Lobos (Portugal), Suwon (Republic of Korea), Tunis (Tunisia), and Bristol (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
These 16 cities have diverse socioeconomic concerns, face different challenges, and are at different stages of learning city development; each one has adopted a unique approach to promoting education and lifelong learning in their communities. By presenting these approaches, UIL hopes to provide insights into how other cities have used the Guidelines for Building Learning Cities to implement the Key Features of Learning Cities.
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (UNESCO GNLC) supports cities in developing holistic and integrated approaches to education and lifelong learning that recognize the different needs of all learners and boosts access to learning for marginalized and disadvantaged groups. With this newly published compilation, the UNESCO GNLC coordination team hopes to encourage the creation of thriving urban learning communities and enhance communication between cities around the world.
The official launch and presentation of the publication will take place at the third International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC) in Cork, Ireland, in September 2017, where representatives from cities around the world, including the 16 recipient cities, will present and exchange their experiences and insights on building a learning city at local level.
- Author/Editor: UIL
- Unlocking the Potential of Urban Communities. Volume II- Case Studies of Sixteen Learning Cities
- UIL, 2017
- ISBN 978-92-820-1215-4
- Available in: English, French, Spanish