Date: 29 Sep 2020
The first ever Irish Network of Learning Cities Day will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 30 September, with Belfast set to take part alongside four other cities from across Ireland.
In 2019 the Lord Mayors of Belfast, Cork, Dublin and the Mayors of Limerick and Derry City and Strabane Region signed a formal agreement to commit each city to work together and provide mutual support to help deliver on the vision of a learning city for all citizens.
The Memorandum of Understanding highlighted a shared dedication to strengthening friendly relations and enhancing cooperation between the peoples of the cities and city regions to carry out Learning City exchanges focused on the principles of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.
Belfast was awarded UNESCO status in 2018, joining a network of over 200 cities around the world committed to using learning to improve the lives of their citizens by sharing good practice, creative solutions and ideas in addressing key concerns that impact society.
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Frank McCoubrey said: “I’m delighted Belfast will be part of the inaugural Irish Learning Cities Day.
“The importance of building a learning city cannot be underestimated and with our five cities coming together to share lessons and experiences, we will benefit from a stronger culture of learning ultimately building a stronger society for the future.”
On this unique day the five learning cities and regions will work together to show how the Network benefits all five cities and adds value to the efforts of individual cities.
The network will work together to celebrate learning, highlighting what’s on offer across the cities and city regions and will shine a spotlight on the achievements of learners.
For more information on Belfast Learning City visit https://www.makinglifebettertogether.com/ (link opens in new window)
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