Learning Cities

Learning cities are urban environments that prioritize and integrate lifelong learning into their core development strategies, aiming to foster educational opportunities for all citizens across all life stages. These cities embrace the concept of learning as a key driver for personal empowerment, social inclusion, economic development, and sustainable growth. The framework for a learning city is built on several pillars: creating learning environments, revitalizing learning in families and communities, facilitating learning for and in the workplace, extending the use of modern learning technologies, and enhancing quality and excellence in learning.

In practice, learning cities implement policies and programs that make learning accessible to everyone, including vulnerable and marginalized groups, thus promoting equity and social cohesion. They encourage a culture of learning throughout life by supporting various forms of education—from formal schooling to informal community-based learning opportunities. Additionally, these cities leverage advancements in technology to enhance educational delivery and access, ensuring that learning evolves with the times.

The global movement towards learning cities is facilitated by networks and initiatives such as the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, which supports and improves the practice of lifelong learning in urban settings worldwide. By sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices, the network aims to help cities develop and implement strategies that foster a culture of learning for all citizens.