Update: 09:09 | 24/09/2020
Two Vietnamese cities have joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), along with 53 other cities from 27 countries.
Vinh City in the central province of Nghe An and Sa Dec City in the southern province of Dong Thap were recognised as outstanding examples of how lifelong learning can become a reality at a local level.
A classroom in Vinh city of Nghe An province.
They have proven that effective lifelong learning policies and practices can support the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), as coordinator of the network, admitted the new members following their nomination by the National Commissions for UNESCO in the countries.
A strong commitment to lifelong learning by the city administration is key to becoming a learning city.
As part of their application process, potential UNESCO GNLC members must demonstrate a clear vision for providing lifelong learning opportunities for everyone in the community. Once admitted, cities are expected to take part in the activities of the network and to produce a biennial report outlining their achievements as learning cities.
Within the framework of the strategy for 2019-2021, the activities of the network focus on seven key priorities: education for sustainable development; equity and inclusion; educational planning, monitoring and evaluation; education for global citizenship; entrepreneurship; learning for health and well-being; and literacy.
The new member cities will be presented in an online event on September 23.