UNESCO Learning City Awardee 2021Clermont-Ferrand, France
Lifelong learning - a priority for public policies
The city aims to guarantee all of its citizens access to the knowledge needed to empower themselves and participate democratically in the construction of a resilient city.
Collective action for lifelong learning
Independent in its thinking, benefiting from a fixed allowance within the municipal budget, its members come from the university, sports, the cultural sector and related backgrounds.
Olivier BianchiMayor of Clermont-Ferrand
A diverse learning ecosystem with stable funding
The city devotes more than 43% of its budget to education and youth, and 10% to the cultural sector, fostering activities accessible to all.
Laurent RieutortDirector of the Auvergne Institute of Territorial Development
Access for everyone
Its major schools conduct ‘learning’ workshops in all of the neighbourhoods, to increase knowledge among the population, collect their existing knowledge and to build new ‘urban knowledge’ to define its public policies.
The ‘One thousand shapes’ art discovery initiative and the ‘Rabanesse – Design a garden for me' project are only two examples. Scroll down to learn more about these!
One thousand shapes
Designed with the support of international artists and designers, ‘One thousand shapes’ provides free learning spaces throughout the city. In these learning spaces, families are invited to engage in multidisciplinary and interactive artistic programming, supervised by childcare professionals and artists.
In its first year, 19,000 explorers and their parents benefitted from the programme.
A collaborative methodology for the entire learning city
Over the past years, many citizens have been designing and co-managing new spaces dedicated to ‘living’, such as: planting fruit trees and vines, maintaining shared gardens, and reconfiguring urban spaces.
Projects are voted on by ‘citizen communities’ and have led to many inhabitants of Clermont-Ferrand engaging in participatory management of their city.
Greening the city
Greening the city is clearly a collective endeavour in Clermont-Ferrand.
Merveille Tawab TienebLearner in land management
Collectively for a better future
The UNESCO Learning City Awards
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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