UNESCO Learning City Awardee 2021Osan, Republic of Korea
Holistic learning that benefits everyone
The ‘100-Year Learning City’ vision
Young and old benefit from learning opportunities with a focus on health and well-being, entrepreneurship, equity and inclusion, literacy, global citizenship, and sustainable development.
Osan’s strategy serves as an example for many other cities in UNESCO GNLC – and its focus on learning for health and well-being greatly helped the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sangwook KwakMayor of Osan
Although it was a difficult environment called COVID-19, we are overcoming COVID-19 through the spread of mask sharing projects and civic garden culture with the power of lifelong learning.
In the future, Osan City will continue to build a healthy green learning city for example with the urban farmer school and garden culture.'
A 10-minute walk to learning
Pre-COVID-19, 41,824 learners per year benefited from this initiative, participating in lifelong learning programmes held in 216 locations across the city.
Through cooperation between the private sector, government, industry and academia, Osan has been able to provide learning spaces closely linked to citizens’ daily lives.
Online and offline learning opportunities
For example, Osan’s offline learning platform, the 100-Year Citizens’ University, offers programmes that are accessible to all, with a specific focus on civic activists, the elderly and marginalized groups. The city’s education portal further provides an online learning platform that links learning, people and places.
Learning through festivals
The UNESCO Learning City Awards
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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