The city will take its place in the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), along with Den Bosch
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported in the GIC, Groningen and Den Bosch are the first Dutch cities to be accorded the title. There are around 260 cities around the world that are named as ‘Learning Cities’. The title is bestowed to cities that demonstrate an active knowledge exchange around problems and solutions in the realms of education, innovation, inclusivity; and sustainability. As reported in the GIC.
According to Wethouder Carine Bloemhoff (PvdA), the gemeente can improve its own knowledge through worldwide connections, collaboration, and expertise-sharing. UNESCO has said that Groningen has an innovative approach to solutions that address the largest problems that cities face.
One of the first projects that Groningen will bring to the Learning City network is the app Spacetime Layers, which was created by a teacher and their class. It is a platform where education and culture are bound to an interactive map, so that (for example) schools and cultural institutions can work together to broaden the learning experience.
In the coming months, more parties in Groningen will see what they can offer the GNLC network, and how the network can assist Groningen.
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