UNESCO names three Thai cities ‘Learning Cities’

The United Nations Economic Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Chiang Mai, Phuket and Chachoengsao to its Global Network of Learning Cities, which designates urban centers that are outstanding examples of promoting lifelong learning among its residents.

“I very much hope that we will see many other cities from Thailand joining the network and working on providing lifelong learning opportunities for all to ensure a sustainable and peaceful future,” said David Atchoarena, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, which coordinates the Global Network of Learning Cities.

“I hope that their lifelong learning strategies and programs will inspire other cities in Thailand and beyond,” Atchoarena said.

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities describes itself as an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practices.

“Learning cities at all stages of development can benefit greatly from sharing ideas with other cities and the Network supports and improves the practice of lifelong learning in the world’s cities by promoting policy dialogue and peer learning among member cities,” the Network says on its website.

Aside from Thailand’s three cities, the UNESCO inducted 52 other cities from 27 countries. The Network now has 230 member cities in 64 countries.

Nominees are required to demonstrate a clear vision for providing lifelong learning opportunities for everyone in the community.

The Bangkok Post said, “Chachoengsao has been one of the country’s key urban centers economically, culturally and in terms of human resources. Chiang Mai is home to a number of educational institutions and organizations, and Phuket Town is a hub of sustainable creativity and pleasant living.”

Somjai Suwansupana, the Mayor of Phuket City Municipality, said his dream is to preserve Phuket’s “identity, local wisdom assets and the charm of our multiculturalism.”

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