“An important decision was made to include the first Belarusian city, Vitebsk, to the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. This is an acknowledgment of the efforts that Vitebsk has put in the process of ensuring continuous education of the population. This leads to the achievement of one of the Sustainable Development Goals [the Goal on Quality Education],” said Oleg Kravchenko.
to the deputy minister, the inclusion of Vitebsk in the global network will contribute
to the development of “creative” economy of the city. “We hope that other
Belarusian cities will follow suit. We hope that in the foreseeable future
(about a year) we will see more cities join this authoritative, prestigious
network of UNESCO,” Oleg Kravchenko said. The UNESCO Global Network of Learning
Cities is designed to promote their development. Cities and communities are
engaged in international dialogue on policy, experimental research,
capacity-building and exchange of experiences, effectively using the
methodology of learning cities to ensure access for their residents to lifelong
learning. The network operates under the auspices of the UNESCO Institute for
Lifelong Learning (Hamburg, Germany) and unites the cities from more than 50
countries around the world.