Ufa, the capital of Bashkiria has been included in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). It received its membership certificate from the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning. The Network encourages establishing of ties and partnerships between cities to exchange experience in comprehensive development of education and ensuring its accessibility.
In accordance with the GNLC regulatory documents, a learning city is a municipality that efficiently mobilizes its resources in all areas for the purpose of sustainable development. It encourages inclusive education from basic levels to higher education, revives family and community education. It supports vocational training and training at workplace, expands use of modern education technology, improves the quality and ensures great education results, assists in shaping a culture for teaching in native and foreign languages. This way the city expands the individual rights and opportunities of its citizens, makes society more closely knit and promotes sustainable economic and cultural development of the territory.
Based on the ideas for implementing the learning city concept described in Ufa’s application, the parties will create a briefing note that will be circulated in the network with regard to exchange of experience, Arne Carlsen, director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning, said in an attached letter.
Ufa’s application describes, among other things, its efforts to expand the network of pre-school facilities, develop inclusive secondary education for the disabled children, build an electronic education system and improve education in languages of the republic’s native population and in foreign languages, as well as create and implement education programs for older people at the “3rd Age People’s University,” the press service of the Bashkirian Committee for UNESCO affairs said.