Ybycuì, Paraguay

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 4,402
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Lifelong learning for civic engagement

Ybycuí has experienced severe economic difficulties since the decline of its cotton industry in the 1970s. Ybycuí has adopted a policy of lifelong learning to promote civic engagement.

Vision and Motivation

The city’s vision is to implement a policy of lifelong learning through the creation of formal, non-formal and informal learning spaces that promote community development by harmonizing participation across all sectors.

Challenges and Goals

The central issue that Ybycuí wishes to address is unemployment. The city intends to combat this problem and thereby generally improve citizens’ quality of life by enhancing the city’s human capital through formal, informal and non-formal learning. As well as creating a highly skilled workforce, the city hopes to promote entrepreneurship by giving its citizens the skills needed to establish micro-enterprises.

Plan and Implementation

For Ybycuí, a learning city is one that is committed to its citizens’ development, and one in which everyone teaches and learns from each other. A learning city encourages its citizens to learn throughout life and promotes formal, non-formal and informal learning. Ybycuí has therefore established the ‘Learns and Develops’ project. The project runs several activities including a reading day involving pupils from all the schools in the city, a food safety programme and a writing competition on the topic ‘Ybycuí of yesterday, today and the future’.

In 2014, Ybycuí held a festival entitled ‘Spring in the Learning City’, which included a parade with floats depicting images of lifelong learning and a ‘Miss Spring’ contest that promoted the idea that any and every location or space can become a learning environment. The festival strengthened the pride and sense of community among Ybycuí residents.

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