The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) presented the webinar ‘Lifelong learning, learning cities and smart cities’ on 2 December 2021. On 9 December 2021, the UNESCO’s Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, and the University of East Anglia (UK) will host a webinar on ‘Family literacy and indigenous and local learning’.
The first webinar highlighted the recently published ADB book ‘Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption’, with contributions from policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers, which we attach. This open access book, which is also found at this ADB site and at this publisher site, emphasizes the need to build learning societies and engage many stakeholders for sustainable development and lifelong learning. How to realize this in urban areas and specifically in learning cities is the topic of a contribution by UIL in the publication. It presents contemporary perspectives on the role of a learning society from the lens of leading practitioners, experts from universities, governments, and industry leaders. The book is a testimonial to the importance of ‘learning communities.’ It highlights the pivotal role that can be played by non-traditional actors such as city and urban planners, citizens, transport professionals, and technology companies.
This joint webinar explored the importance of lifelong learning, the gains made in learning cities and smart cities and the contemporary role of education and skills development in the context of urban areas. As digitalization gathers pace, it is important to ensure equity and inclusion while putting the best of technology to work to improve education. The webinar unpacked the interconnections between education and other components that make up smart and livable cities and serve the future needs of economies and societies. it included contributions from the UIL and PASCAL learning city, Wyndham from Dianne Tabbagh and from CR&DALL Director, Mike Osborne on smart learning cities. The recording of the webinar will be available shortly on the UIL website.