UNESCO Learning City Awardee 2021Damietta, Egypt
Damietta adopts a coordinated approach whereby municipal departments – education; women, childhood and motherhood; youth and sports; social solidarity; health – work with local libraries, the city’s palace of culture and its media & information centre to ensure that lifelong learning is implemented cross-sectorally.
Manal AwadMayor of Damietta
Learning plays a key role in equipping our citizens with the resources they need, and in supporting all social groups. It makes cities more resilient when they are called upon to deal with growing challenges and their repercussions. This is why learning is so important.
The city of Damietta has made great progress in this context by implementing the Safe Cities project, which aims to develop the skills of women in the city. The biggest challenge faced by this project was to ensure its implementation during the Corona pandemic.'
Marwa NabilTrainer, Safe Cities project
Supporting entrepreneurship among women
Abeer AbdoParticipant, Safe Cities project
Kamilla Abd al-JalilParticipant, Safe Cities project
Widening access to education
Education for Sustainable Development
The way forward
Damietta’s inclusion in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019 has provided it with the opportunity to share its achievements with cities around the world, and to learn from their experiences. This international exchange will be key to shaping Damietta’s development as a UNESCO learning city.
The UNESCO Learning City Awards
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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