UNESCO Learning City Awardee 2021Huejotzingo, Mexico
Lifelong learning at the center of development
Through a comprehensive learning strategy that prioritizes equity and inclusion, sustainable development and entrepreneurship, and the implementation of 140 learning projects over the past 10 years, the city has made major steps forward:
- decreasing illiteracy by 50 per cent;
- expanding access to the internet and new technologies;
- supporting 1,000 female entrepreneurs in setting up projects;
- and organizing Huejotzingo’s first ever Festival of Learning with the participation of more than 25 per cent of the city’s more than 90,000 inhabitants.
Angelica AlvaradoMayor of Huejotzingo, Mexico
A wide variety of learning initiative
Combining traditional knowledge with innovation
The school supports family agriculture, specifically the cultivation of avocados, orchard fruits and livestock, and the production of organic fertilizer.
152 farmers and Indigenous people are currently learning how to produce goods sustainably – combining innovative approaches with traditional knowledge.
Family learning for a green community
Making childrens' voices heard
Julian PetrisChildren’s Participation Committee
Leticia SandovalConsultative committee member
Strengthening entrepreneurship among women
With this programme female entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses were able to further develop their capacities and with some seed funding found businesses with social impact.
‘Sharing to Learn’ strategy
With this strategy, the city has been able to collect over one thousand books for the community cultural centres and provide over 400 computers for primary and secondary schools.
Celebrating lifelong learning
When it joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019, Huejotzingo’s goal was to create a united city where no one is left behind. The Festival of Learning clearly showed that the municipality has made great strides towards achieving this goal. Lifelong learning is becoming a reality for young and old in Huejotzingo.
The UNESCO Learning City Awards
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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