Two Vietnamese Members Added to UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities

Ho Chi Minh City and Son La city, located in the mountainous province of the same name, recently became members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).

0
93
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently announced that Vietnam has added two new cities to its network of learning cities. The recognition was made based on the recommendation of a jury of experts. Photo: VNA

The recognition was announced recently by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), according to VietnamPlus.

They were among the 64 new members from 35 countries recognized by the organization for their outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning accessible to everyone at the local level.

Ambassador Nguyen Thi Van Anh, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to UNESCO, emphasized that this achievement reflects the specific steps taken to implement policies and guidelines of the Party and the State regarding international integration and education.

Dao Quyen Truong, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO Affairs under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, viewed this recognition as the result of the materialization of the cultural diplomacy strategy until 2030, the efforts and determination of the local People’s Committees, as well as their close coordination with relevant agencies, experts, and scientists both domestically and internationally, and the contributions made by local residents.

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international network comprising cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities. Photo: VNA

Aside from HCM City and Son La, three other Vietnamese cities have also joined the network: Sa Dec city in the Mekong Delta city of Dong Thap, Vinh city in the central province of Nghe An (2020), and Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh city (2022).

The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international network comprising cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities, according to its website.

These new learning cities were added to the network based on the recommendation of a jury of experts. A strong commitment to lifelong learning by the mayor and city administration, as well as a track record of good practices and policy initiatives, are key prerequisites for becoming a learning city.

Son La showcases a lab activity of students. Photo: VNA

With the addition of these new members, the network now includes 356 cities from around the world. These cities share inspiration, know-how, and best practices to foster lifelong learning.

“Cities play a crucial role in turning the right to education into a reality for individuals of all ages. With the inclusion of the new member cities, the network now encompasses 356 cities worldwide, enabling 390 million citizens to access lifelong learning opportunities,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay./.

Rosy Huong