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UNESCO Learning Cities Biennial Progress Report
April 2019 – September 2021

Please submit your Biennial Progress Report to the Coordination Team of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) according to the submission deadlines stated in the membership regulations. This report should reflect your city’s progress in learning city development from April 2019 until September 2021, regardless of whether this development is in its initial stages or has already been firmly established in your learning city.

 

Submission deadline is 31 December 2021.

 

This deadline applies to all GNLC member cities except those who joined last year (September 2020). These cities will be asked to submit their report next year. 

The collection of submitted reports serves to support the monitoring of the concrete achievements of member cities by underlining effective polices, strategies, measures and partnerships towards promoting lifelong learning for all in their communities. 

Each Progress Report will be evaluated in terms of achievements as well as efforts made to implement sustainable lifelong learning initiatives. Your report can include supporting materials such as illustrations, case studies or videos. To the best extent possible, please provide concrete statistics to support your city’s achievements. 

Please note that your report should be concise and informative, focusing on key points and actions that can showcase learning city initiatives.

Answers should not exceed the word limits indicated in the questions. Please answer as many questions as possible and check the answers before submitting them.

The UNESCO GNLC Coordination Team will review member cities’ Progress Reports based on the network’s guiding documents and regulations. If a member city 

  1. submits an incomplete Progress Report; or
  2. does not demonstrate progress in building a learning city; or 
  3. does not submit its biennial Progress Report, 

this city’s membership will not be renewed. Cities whose membership is not renewed can apply to re-join the network as per the application periods announced on UIL website. Please note that cities whose membership is not renewed will be notified of the fact by UNESCO GNLC.

BASIC INFORMATION ON YOUR CITY

City information

(This question is mandatory)

Name of city

Country

Official city website address

Date of joining the UNESCO GNLC 

Please indicate the month and year.

Mayor

Name

E-Mail

Gender

Contact Person for the GNLC

Name

E-Mail

Phone

Position

Gender

MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF PROGRESS

Please report on activities that your city has successfully implemented and for which you can provide concrete details. 

1. Progress of your Learning City Strategy

Has your city developed and adopted a Learning City Strategy?

Please indicate the date of adoption (month and year)

To what extent has your city progressed in achieving its medium-term objectives (3–5 years) as a learning city? Please give concrete examples. (max. 400 words)

To what extent have long-term objectives (5–10 years) as a learning city been established? Please give concrete examples. (max. 400 words)

To what extent has your city progressed in achieving aspects of sustainability and health integrated in your Learning City Strategy? (max. 400 words)

To what extent has your city progressed in achieving aspects of equity and inclusion integrated in your Learning City Strategy? (max. 250 words)

To what extent has your city progressed in achieving aspects of decent work and entrepreneurship integrated in your Learning City Strategy? (max. 250 words)

To what extent has your city developed or established new learning formats, including digital, blended and online learning? (max. 250 words)

2. Specific roles and responsibilities of your city’s coordination structure (e. g. committees) involving all stakeholders in your Learning City project

Has your city established a core team, committee, or forum for the Learning City project?

Please briefly describe this mechanism and its work. (max. 250 words)
Please briefly explain why such a mechanism has not been established. (max. 250 words)

Is your city cooperating internationally or has it established new international partnerships for learning during the reporting period?

Please briefly describe the partnerships. (max. 250 words)
Please briefly explain why not. (max. 250 words)

3. Ensuring that learning is accessible to all citizens

What are the main barriers to participation in lifelong learning in your city? (max 250 words)

Has your city furthered overarching policies/strategies that reduce barriers to participation in lifelong learning and foster inclusion? Please give concrete examples. (max 250 words)

Has your city furthered specific initiatives/partnerships/projects that improve access to lifelong learning? Please give concrete examples. (max. 250 words)

How has your city addressed barriers to participation in learning of various groups, especially marginalised and underprivileged groups, and responded to their learning needs? Please give concrete examples. (max. 250 words)

Has your city improved learning opportunities for women and girls? Please give concrete examples. (max. 250 words)

Has your city established new mechanisms to keep citizens informed about learning opportunities in your city? Please give concrete examples. (max. 250 words)

4. Mobilising and utilising resources

Has your city increased the mobilisation and utilisation of monetary and non-monetary resources to build a learning city? Please provide concrete examples of your city’s innovative approaches in mobilising those resources. Examples can include partnerships involving the public and private sectors and civil society. (max. 400 words)

5. Celebratory events to promote and maintain the process of building a Learning City

Has your city organised and supported public events and initiatives during the reporting period that encourage and celebrate learning?

How have these been implemented? (max. 250 words)

How have celebratory events contributed to your city’s development as a learning city during the reporting period? (max. 250 words)

Please briefly explain why your city has not organised and supported public events and initiatives during the reported period that encourage and celebrate learning. (max 250 words)

6. Mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the development of the Learning City

Is your city monitoring and evaluating learning city development?

What kind of tools are in place for monitoring and evaluating? Please describe. Examples might include evaluation teams, qualitative reporting, quantitative reporting, indicators, targets, consultative meetings or external evaluation. (max. 250 words)
Are some of the key performance indicators/mechanisms being used to monitor and evaluate learning city development related to the 'Key Features of Learning Cities' and/or the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Please describe. (max. 250 words)
What are the strengths and/or limitations of this monitoring and evaluating process in your city? (max. 250 words)

Briefly explain why your city is not monitoring and evaluating learning city development. (max. 250 words)

YOUR LEARNING CITY AND THE UNESCO GNLC

What progress in your Learning City Strategy have you reported since you joined the GNLC? Please provide this information with reference to your expectations and priority areas (max. 250 words)  

What further support would you like to have from the GNLC in the future? (max. 250 words)

Based on your achievements and challenges to date, please reflect on your time as a GNLC member.

Please provide overall comments on your experience as a member of the GNLC. (max. 250 words)

In which of the following GNLC clusters have you participated?

How relevant has the organisation into thematic clusters been for your city’s Learning City Strategy?  

Has your city participated in/contributed to UNESCO GNLC’s activities during the current reporting period (April 2019–September 2021)?

Please provide concrete details.
LEARNING CITY BEST PRACTICES

This final section is meant to give you an opportunity to provide us with information on what you consider to be the two most impactful/meaningful initiatives or programmes that have been implemented as part of your Learning City Strategy in the reporting period from April 2019 to September 2021.

Please provide some information about the impact of those practices on your city’s social, cultural, environmental and economic development.

Please present only the most distinguished/relevant practices that showcase how lifelong learning is taking place in your city.

Initiatives involving the public and private sectors, civil society, professional associations and institutions are encouraged. Please present a maximum of two innovative or unique initiatives, including initiatives in formal and non-formal education and informal learning. 

In the ‘main achievement(s)’ section below, you can either list several positive outcomes of your initiatives or describe one success story in detail. Based on the achievements and challenges you might have encountered, please briefly describe how you plan to continue the work in the next few years. 

Initiative 1 (max. 400 words)

Initiative 2 (max. 400 words)

FILE UPLOAD

If you would like to upload any files to support your report, please do so using the upload dialogue below.

Please note that the file size limit for uploading content is 10 MiB. In the event that you would like to share larger files, please contact us for assistance at learningcities@unesco.org.

Please upload no more than 5 files.