PJ wins 2019 Unesco Learning Award

Unesco has praised Petaling Jaya’s free bus services across four city routes which provide access to public learning spaces.

PETALING JAYA: The Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has named Petaling Jaya as one of the 10 winners of the 2019 Unesco Learning City Award, citing exemplary progress and commitment to promote education and lifelong learning at the local level.

It said Petaling Jaya has made great strides to improve access to public learning spaces by providing free bus services across four city routes, which also double as information disseminators through their on-board screens.

“The city is also making good use of the resources provided by its partners,” Unesco said in a statement posted on its website on Jan 31.

The other nine winners are Aswan (Egypt), Chengdu (China), Heraklion (Greece), Ibadan (Nigeria), Medellín (Colombia), Melitopol (Ukraine), Santiago (Mexico), Seodaemun-gu (Republic of Korea) and Sonderborg (Denmark).

The awards will be presented at the 2019 International Conference on Learning Cities in Medellín later this year.

According to the Learning City Award jury, the 10 cities have shown exemplary progress and commitment to promote education and lifelong learning for their communities.

it said that despite their different starting points and economic, political, social and environmental contexts, they have initiated innovative and target-specific policies and programmes that provide fruitful opportunities for their communities to benefit from lifelong learning.

Unesco defines a learning city as one that effectively mobilises its resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education.

It also revitalises learning in families and communities, facilitates learning for and in the workplace, extends the use of modern learning technologies, enhances quality and excellence in learning, and fosters a lifelong culture of learning.

“In doing so, the city aims at enhancing individual empowerment, social cohesion, economic and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development,” it says.

The award was established as part of the Unesco Global Network of Learning Cities in 2015.