Published on 1 September 2022
Learning cities enable people of all ages and backgrounds to benefit from inclusive quality education and formal and informal lifelong learning opportunities. In doing so, these cities promote individual empowerment and social cohesion, economic development and cultural prosperity, and innovation and sustainability.
The recognition of “Lausanne, Learning City”, while enhancing and facilitating the City’s learning actions, will contribute to the achievement of several goals set out in the 2021-2026 legislative program, notably in the following areas:
The main part of the implementation of “Lausanne, Learning City” will therefore consist of implementing and promoting the paradigm of lifelong learning in Lausanne, in partnership with the University of Lausanne and by associating actors from the associative, economic and cultural sectors. This process will take place in several stages, supervised by a “Learning City Development Committee” (according to UNESCO terminology) composed of the General Secretariat of the Department of Children, Youth and Neighborhoods and the University of Lausanne (UNIL).
In accordance with the objectives defined in its statement of intent, UNIL wishes to use its competencies to promote lifelong learning accessible to all. UNIL will contribute to the steering of the project, will bring its scientific knowledge and will participate in the actions developed within the framework of the project.
The UNESCO World Network of Learning Cities has more than 200 members on five continents.