In 2019 the Lord Mayors of Belfast, Cork, Dublin and the Mayors of Limerick and Derry City and Strabane Region signed a formal agreement to commit each city to work together and provide mutual support to help deliver on the vision of a learning city for all citizens. All five cities are part of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.
The aim of the Irish Network of Learning Cities is to ensure a shared dedication to strengthening friendly relations and enhancing cooperation between the peoples of the cities and city regions.
Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl said: “At the heart of a vision of a learning city is the commitment to use learning to improve the lives of all citizens, regardless of age or background and I am delighted that Belfast is part of this vision.
“Being part of this network strengthens and enhances Belfast as a city and enables us to grow and prosper. By collectively working with the other four cities we can celebrate learning, highlight what’s on offer across the cities and city regions and celebrate our achievements.
“It is widely recognised that learning throughout all stages of life contributes positively to health and wellbeing as well as to employment and skills- ultimately building a stronger society for the future of Belfast.”
Belfast was awarded UNESCO status in 2018, joining a network of over 200 cities around the world committed to using learning to improve the lives of their citizens by sharing good practice, creative solutions and ideas in addressing key concerns that impact society. For more information on Belfast Learning City visit https://www.makinglifebettertogether.com/