Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city with a thriving economy and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning and cultural policies since 1999 when Glasgow launched itself as a learning city.
In building the Learning City, Glasgow established a Working Group, including representatives from the City Council, Higher and Further Education Institutions and the Third Sector. Their goal is to ensure that all stakeholders take a coordinated approach to promoting the learning city concept. Glasgow City Council coordinates the strategic process and policy dialogues toward an innovative and inclusive Learning City that supports lifelong learning opportunities for all the citizens and visitors.
Glasgow’s vision is to have a world-class city with a thriving and inclusive economy where everyone can flourish and benefit from the city’s success. This vision means a growing economy that creates jobs and investment, builds on Glasgow’s position as a world-class city to tackle poverty, poor health and improves neighbourhoods. Glasgow believes in the transformational power of lifelong learning to empower citizens and build a prosperous city where all Glaswegians have access to development opportunities and celebrate learning across the lifespan.
The Working Group analysed UNESCOs’ policy frameworks and indicators to build their own policy model, which entails four dimensions through which the city tackles challenges associated with poverty, marginalisation, socioeconomic inequalities, and digital exclusion. The policy dimensions include becoming a city that is Healthy and Green, Equitable and Inclusive, Economically Prosperous and Culturally Vibrant.