UNESCO Learning City Awardee 2021Wyndham, Australia
Lifelong learning: key to Wyndham’s vision
To overcome these challenges and improve its future, Wyndham’s vision is to be a socially inclusive city with high levels of employment. Learning is key to realizing this vision.
As a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and with its 2018–2023 Learning Community Strategy, the city is working to enhance lifelong learning opportunities for all of its citizens.
Adele HegedichMayor of Wyndham
Drawing on the thematic areas laid down in the learning city framework, Wyndham is addressing key issues such as education for sustainable development (ESD), citizenship education, entrepreneurship, equity and inclusion, planning and monitoring, and literacy.
Educating for sustainable development
Innovative initiatives such as the city’s Habitat Heroes Program programme, Trees for Schools programme and Environmental Youth Summit bring city residents of all ages closer to nature. The aim? To empower Wyndham’s citizens to contribute to learning, for the benefit of the planet and a better future for all.
Jasmine HillLearning City portfolio holder
Strong relationships between residents and police
The programme is designed for community members from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. It helps participants to gain a thorough understanding of the justice system, while at the same time building strong ties between the police force and Wyndham’s diverse community.
Entrepreneurial spirit through learning
Celebrations centred on themes such as learning; skills; career planning and pathways; employment; industry; and business and entrepreneurship. Participants not only learned how to start or change careers; they could also find out more about dominant and emerging industries, and discover opportunities for the future.
Equity and inclusion
Due to its rich Aboriginal history – the region was home to the tribes of the Kulin Nation – it is particularly committed to improving the educational outcomes and well-being of Aboriginal students and Torres Islanders.
Literacy programmes throughout life
For example, Wyndham’s Literacy Numeracy Network is a collaborative community platform where ideas and research can be shared in order to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes among children aged 0–8. The network comprises representatives from schools; the Libraries and Community Learning team; the Child, Family, Health and Wellbeing unit; and the city’s Early Education and Care services. Each year, members of the network collaborate on a shared initiative, whose focus alternates between literacy and numeracy.
Celebrating lifelong learning
One of the festival’s priorities is to ensure that it is accessible to and inclusive of marginalized and disadvantaged groups.
Connecting to a world of learning
The Global Learning Festival arose out of a time of challenge across the world during the global COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to bring unity and connection to communities all over the world, and to give learners a first-hand experience of the benefits that lifelong learning can bring, particularly during uncertain and challenging times. By combining resources and networks, learning communities around the world have access to a world of learning.
Reece GainsLearner at the 2020 Global Learning Festival
Opportunities for all
By committing to lifelong learning, Wyndham has taken significant steps towards becoming an inclusive community that offers opportunities to all of its citizens – and its progress is certain to continue in future.
The UNESCO Learning City Awards
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
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