Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2024


The Irish Network of Learning Cities

The Irish Network of Learning Cities is an all-island network for support, inspiration, know-how and sharing good practice, based on the principles of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). The members of the Network are Limerick, Belfast, Dublin, Derry-Strabane, Waterford and Cork to date. This Network of equal members was formed in 2018 and strengthened through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all City Mayors/ Deputy Mayors in 2019, and extended for a five year commitment in 2022. Waterford are the most recent city to join following their successful application to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2023. Progress:

Quarterly Meetings Network members meet quarterly, with each city in turn hosting a meeting of Chairs and Co-ordinators. Learning Festival Co-ordinators support and exchange meetings Festival co-ordinators meet fortnightly since 2020. Each city supports other Learning City events each year, by providing guest speakers or presenting case studies. Shared Festival Planning Festival Planning is shared each year with cities selecting dates that complement and add value to each other.

Joint Activities and Events Shared Island Programme of Exchanges (see overleaf) Irish Learning City Day 2019-2023 All member cities promote Lifelong Learning through in person or online on a shared day annually in September. A video presenting a joint message of support from each Mayor has been shared in years up to 2022, and an inaugural online meeting of Mayors was held in 2023.



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