UNESCO Learning City Award 2021 go to 10 cities, among them Al Wakra (Qatar) and Jubail Industrial City (Saudi Arabia)

Ten cities with outstanding achievements in the implementation of the learning city strategy received the UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2021 on 27 October 2021, the first day of the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities in Yeonsu (Republic of Korea). Whether they are megacities or smaller urban areas, all of the awardees have shown how learning opportunities empower citizens of all ages when suitable policies and programmes are put in place.
The awarded cities are the UNESCO learning cities of Al Wakra (Qatar), Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Clermont-Ferrand (France), Damietta (Egypt), Dublin (Ireland), Huejotzingo, (Mexico), Jubail Industrial City (Saudi Arabia), Osan (Republic of Korea), Shanghai (People’s Republic of China), and Wyndham (Australia). They were selected by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), upon the recommendation of an independent jury of international experts.
“With more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities have a central role to play in providing learning opportunities. This year’s UNESCO Learning City Awardees enable their citizens to adapt to a rapidly changing world and acquire the knowledge necessary to act jointly to solve global challenges. Through lifelong learning they pave the way for fairer, more just and sustainable societies and a better future for all of us!” underlined David Atchoarena, Director of UIL, ahead of the awards ceremony.
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The two UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities Awardees 2021 from the Gulf States:

Qatar: Al Wakra

Al Wakra has evolved into one of the largest cities in Qatar with over 80,000 inhabitants. It has made lifelong learning a priority as part of its sustainability plan. The municipality places a particular emphasis on vulnerable groups, including women and older people. A variety of programmes aims to ensure that women hold leading positions in the city administration and society at large.

Multimedia story about Al Wakra


Saudi Arabia: Jubail Industrial City

As the world’s largest petrochemical industrial city, Jubail Industrial City must further promote sustainable industrial production by ensuring that its population of more than 200,000 is equipped with comprehensive knowledge and skills. By focusing on education for sustainable development, entrepreneurship, health and well-being, the city has succeeded in upskilling more than 168,000 citizens through evening classes, enhancing the literacy skills of over 5,000 beneficiaries, and helping its citizens – and women in particular – to found small and medium-sized businesses.

Multimedia story about Jubail Industrial City

Video message by Dr Ahmed Zaid Al Hussein, Mayor of Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia

About the Global Network of Learning Cities

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) is an international, policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice. Members benefit from the sharing of lifelong learning policies and practices, the production and exchange of knowledge on key challenges and solutions, capacity-building and training initiatives, and participation in global events such as the International Conference on Learning Cities.

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