UNESCO has introduced that 55 new cities from 27 international locations will likely be becoming a member of its Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), together with the Turkish cities of Izmir, Balıkesir and Afyonkarahisar.
“These cities have confirmed that efficient lifelong studying insurance policies and practices can assist the event of inclusive, protected, resilient and sustainable cities and contribute to the 2030 Agenda,” mentioned UNESCO in a written assertion on Sept. 18.
The new members deliver the overall variety of cities throughout the UNESCO GNLC to 230 throughout 64 international locations.
“These cities are excellent examples of how lifelong studying can turn into a actuality on the native degree,” added the assertion.
“A powerful dedication to lifelong studying by the mayor and metropolis administration is a key prerequisite for turning into a studying metropolis,” it added, praising authorities within the cities.
David Atchoarena, the director of the Institute for Lifelong Learning and the coordinator of the community, burdened a connection between the pandemic and the schooling system.
“With unprecedented urgency, the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need to construct extra resilient schooling techniques for the long run. With greater than half of humanity residing in city areas, cities have to be on the middle of this enterprise,” he mentioned.
“Over the course of the pandemic, UNESCO studying cities from around the globe have proven that they’re effectively positioned to make lifelong studying a actuality, additionally underneath harsh situations,” added Atchoarena.