UNESCO Learning City Awardee 2021Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Investing in human capital
As a learning city since 2019, Dublin has pursued the principle of ‘learning for work, life and fun’ through wide-ranging initiatives coordinated by six local colleges and institutes together with further partners.
A collaborative project
Scroll down to discover some of the activities taking place in the learning city of Dublin!
Alison GillilandLord Mayor of Dublin
Higher education for everyone
The campaign has played a significant role in advancing the learning city agenda in Dublin.
Pat FitzsimonsGraduate of the Institute of Art Design + Technology College
The Dublin Open Learning programme caters for all kinds of students. It fits around participants’ daily schedules and gives them all of the benefits of being a full-time student without requiring them to commit full-time.
With the right course credits, the programme can also qualify students to apply for entry to undergraduate degrees at University College Dublin.
Bairbre FlemingUniversity College Dublin
Learning for health and well-being
Citizens of Dublin learn how to lead healthy lives through six key courses: Keeping Well, Keeping Active, Eating Well, Managing your Mood, Switching Off, and Keeping in Contact.
The city strives to bring citizens and elected representatives from different countries and cultures closer together by fostering international cooperation. To pursue its goal of building a stable and sustainable cooperation framework, Dublin has established bonds of mutual trust and understanding with a number of international cities including Barcelona, San Jose, Liverpool, Beijing and St. Petersburg.
Reaching out to everyone
Over 3,200 staff work with up to 30,000 learners in post-primary education, further education, and training & youth services.
In addition to schools and colleges, Youthreach centres, training centres and an adult education service, the Board also provides educational services for prisons in Dublin, and funds a range of community training centres and local training initiatives.
Learning in prisons
The city focuses in particular on easing learners’ transition from prison to education programmes through initiatives such as Pathways, which facilitates former prisoners’ re-entry into society, and Bridge, an intensive probation supervision scheme in which young adult persistent offenders from the Dublin area participate in a community-based programme.
Celebrating lifelong learning
The Festival covers issues of crucial importance to learning cities, including health and the environment; equity and inclusion; and entrepreneurship. In 2021, it took place virtually and hosted more than 200 online events led by over 100 organizations.
The Dublin Learning Festival showcases the wide range of learning programmes the city has to offer – reaching out to young and old regardless of socio-economic background.
The UNESCO Learning City Awards
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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