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O'Sullivan, S., O'Tuama, S., Kenny, L., Barrett, D., Mcauliffe, W.
13th Pascal International Conference: Learning Cities 2040
Designing and implementing learning neighbourhoods in Corkís UNESCO Learning City project
Glasgow, Scotland
Oral Presentation
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This paper will demonstrate the role and value of the Learning Neighbourhoods project in Cork city. Cork is the Republic of Irelandís second most populous city and is one of 12 UNESCO Learning Cities globally. The UNESCO learning city approach lays heavy emphasis on lifelong learning and social inclusion. In addressing these two concerns Cork city is piloting the development of two Learning Neighbourhoods in areas that experience high levels of socio-economic disadvantage, though with differing demographic profiles. The pilots are a collaboration between the City Council, University College Cork and Cork Education and Training Board who are working with learning and education organisations and residents in each area to promote and showcase active local lifelong learning. In both pilots, the emphasis has been to encourage a bottom-up approach and as wide as possible neighbourhood reach. Public engagement exercises have been conducted in both localities and the agenda for activities for the first year of the project has been primarily shaped by local inputs. This paper will explore the design and achievements so far of the Learning Neighbourhood pilots and how the emerging model can contribute to the Learning Cities agenda.