Do you know that UNESCO just recently cited Balanga City as one of the world’s 12 Learning Cities?
CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – The City of Balanga once again proved its competence in the line of education after being recognized as one of the 12 Learning Cities in the world by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Mexico City, last September 28, 2015.
UNESCO.org stated that the building of a learning region/area is one of the operational approaches which have been adopted in the international community to promote lifelong learning for all.
Given the rapid pace of urbanization, cities are shouldering increasing responsibilities for policy-making and provision of lifelong learning opportunities. A global network of learning cities would provide technical support to many cities, and promote policy dialogue and peer-learning among them, as well as capacity development.
City Mayor Joet Garcia in his presentation said that, “Balanga has embarked on creating its own unique ecosystem to encourage learning among citizens of all ages”. Garcia cited the “Educhild” parenting program and the “Learning Barangay Week” as very effective literacy programs which has greatly benefited Balanguenos.
UNESCO lauded the efforts of the awardees for developing innovative strategies that allow citizens of all ages to learn skills and competencies throughout life, thereby transforming into learning cities. Other Learning Cities included are: Melton (Australia), Sorocaba (Brazil), Beijing (China), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), Espoo (Finland), Cork (Ireland), Amman (Jordan), Mexico City (Mexico), Ybycui (Paraguay), Namyangju (Republic of Korea) and Swansea (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).