Campaign to make Derry a UNESCO Learning City

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 15:17 -- Editor

Derry City and Strabane District Council today launched its bid to become a UNESCO Learning City, promoting lifelong learning for everyone.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, joined partners from the North West Regional College and Ulster University in signing the application, which if successful will earn Derry and Strabane its place amongst UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which aims to build peace through a coalition of nations committed to a range of international standards promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all.

According to Mayor Boyle, the endorsement from UNESCO will further enhance the profile of the City and District.

“I am delighted to launch this application today, and to have the support of our local partners in education in this bid. As a Council area we share UNESCO’s values in fostering a culture of learning and enhancing lives through the promotion of learning on a variety of levels throughout our communities.

“These values are at the heart of our Strategic Growth Plan which aims to create the right conditions for social, economic and environmental development which will benefit all who live here.”

UNESCO defines a learning city as one that promotes lifelong learning for all, mobilizing resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education. It encourages learning in families, communities and in the workplace, enhancing the quality and excellence in learning and extending the use of modern learning technologies.

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Supporting this bid Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus, said: “At Ulster, our students and the student experience are at the heart of everything we do and as the number one university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction we provide globally relevant, research led teaching at state of the art teaching facilities having recently opened an £11million teaching centre on the Magee campus.

“We are delighted to support this bid and becoming part of the UNESCO Learning Cities Network would allow us to strengthen and further enhance the city’s capacity as a learning hub and centre of learning excellence.”

The North West Regional College supports local young people in finding employment through a variety of learning pathways. Supporting the bid, Principal and Chief Executive Leo Murphy said: “Our aim at NWRC is to enrich lives through learning and to empower students with the skills and education they need to realise their own individual ambitions. Learning comes in many forms and we deliver an extensive range of training, education and skills programmes to enable our students whatever their goals.

“To become a member of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities would reflect the ethos of our college and strengthen our ability to deliver learning opportunities for all.”

Lifelong learning lays the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development. Studies have shown that lifelong learners – citizens who acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of contexts – are better equipped to adapt to changes in their environments. Lifelong learning and the learning society therefore have a vital role to play in empowering citizens and effecting a transition to sustainable societies.

Derry City and Strabane District Council today launched its bid to become a UNESCO Learning City, promoting lifelong learning for everyone.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, joined partners from the North West Regional College and Ulster University in signing the application, which if successful will earn Derry and Strabane its place amongst UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which aims to build peace through a coalition of nations committed to a range of international standards promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all.

According to Mayor Boyle, the endorsement from UNESCO will further enhance the profile of the City and District.

“I am delighted to launch this application today, and to have the support of our local partners in education in this bid. As a Council area we share UNESCO’s values in fostering a culture of learning and enhancing lives through the promotion of learning on a variety of levels throughout our communities.

“These values are at the heart of our Strategic Growth Plan which aims to create the right conditions for social, economic and environmental development which will benefit all who live here.”

UNESCO defines a learning city as one that promotes lifelong learning for all, mobilizing resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education. It encourages learning in families, communities and in the workplace, enhancing the quality and excellence in learning and extending the use of modern learning technologies.

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Supporting this bid Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus, said: “At Ulster, our students and the student experience are at the heart of everything we do and as the number one university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction we provide globally relevant, research led teaching at state of the art teaching facilities having recently opened an £11million teaching centre on the Magee campus.

“We are delighted to support this bid and becoming part of the UNESCO Learning Cities Network would allow us to strengthen and further enhance the city’s capacity as a learning hub and centre of learning excellence.”

The North West Regional College supports local young people in finding employment through a variety of learning pathways. Supporting the bid, Principal and Chief Executive Leo Murphy said: “Our aim at NWRC is to enrich lives through learning and to empower students with the skills and education they need to realise their own individual ambitions. Learning comes in many forms and we deliver an extensive range of training, education and skills programmes to enable our students whatever their goals.

“To become a member of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities would reflect the ethos of our college and strengthen our ability to deliver learning opportunities for all.”

Lifelong learning lays the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development. Studies have shown that lifelong learners – citizens who acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of contexts – are better equipped to adapt to changes in their environments. Lifelong learning and the learning society therefore have a vital role to play in empowering citizens and effecting a transition to sustainable societies.