UNESCO gave awards to 10 learning cities this year. 

According to the Learning City Award Jury, these cities have shown exemplary progress and commitment to promote education and lifelong learning at the local level. 

  1. Aswan in Egypt has a variety of integrated projects including gardening and water-conservation programmes in schools, as well as diverse entrepreneurial training opportunities for all groups of society.
  2. Chengdu in China has a programme that combines learning with walks around the city with each route focusing on a different subject area such as regional features, traditional cultures and modern industry all of which demonstrate a smart use of public and non-public resources. 
  3. Heraklion in Greece has a ‘Fit for All’ programme which brings its citizens and the refugees residing in the city closer together by promoting equity and inclusion through sports and educational activities based on subjects such as local culture and tradition. 
  4. Ibadan in Nigeria had a festival of learning that offered interactive and varied activities and workshops for different target audiences, thereby reinforcing the concept of lifelong learning in the community. The city has also developed concrete objectives as part of its learning city plan and strong initiatives to engage important local groups such as ethnic minorities in rural areas. 
  5. Medellín in Colombia coordinates a number of innovative programmes, including one that has helped to successfully reintegrate over 4,650 school drop-outs by engaging with them on a one-to-one basis. The ‘How Are We Doing?’ monitoring and evaluation project is another important component of Medellin’s learning city initiative. 
  6. Melitopol in Ukraine has been making marked progress in becoming a learning city, and has put considerable effort into the retraining of internally displaced people that were previously engaged in the mining I in dustry. 
  7. Petaling Jaya in Malaysia has improved access to public learning spaces, providing free bus services across four city routes, which also double as information disseminators through their on-board screens. The city is also making good use of the resources provided by the partners. In the Mexican city of 
  8. Santiago in Mexico citizens have access to a great range of free classes, including robotic courses for children and anti-bullying training. The city has also developed a framework of indicators that enable the monitoring and evaluation of its learning city development progress. 
  9. Seodaemun-gu in the Republic of Korea has taken advantage of its many high-rise apartments by creating small learning communities that teach 50 courses each year in citizens’ living rooms. The city also counts with a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism. 
  10. Sønderborg in Denmark has promoted sustainability far beyond its formal education system, and created a coordinated structure for stakeholder involvement that will ensure continued progress as a learning city. The city has developed a ‘4–17–42’ strategy, where ‘4’ stands for the city’s four political commitments (environmental, economic, social and cultural), ‘17’ represents the city’s commitment to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and 42’ represents the 42 features included in the UNESCO GNLC’s Key Features of Learning Cities.

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