About Learning Cities and Learning Neighbourhoods
In 2015 Cork achieved a UNESCO award as a Learning City, one of only 3 cities in Europe and one of 12 cities worldwide. This award recognises Cork's continuing excellence and commitment to lifelong learning.
The UNESCO Learning City approach emphasises lifelong learning and social inclusion. The steering group for Growing Lifelong Learning in Cork (GLLiC) therefore selected two neighbourhoods – Ballyphehane and Knocknaheeny – to pilot the Learning Neighbourhoods Programme in 2015-2016. The review document of the Learning Neighbourhoods Pilot Programme can be found here Learning Neighbourhoods Pilot Review. For 2016-2017 Learning Neighbourhoods will continue to work with Ballyphehane and Knocknaheeny as well as welcoming Mayfield and Togher to the programme for the coming year.
The Learning Neighbourhoods Programme aims to continue to build a culture of lifelong learning across Cork City’s neighbourhoods. The Programme Steering Group, which involves collaboration between Cork City Council, UCC and Cork Education and Training Board (ETB), works with the learning and education organisations and residents in each area to promote and develop active local lifelong learning.