- City population:1,223,205
- City/Urban area:121
- Population Density:More than 500 inhabitants per km²
- GDP – city:Between $15,000 and $25,000
- GDP - country:USD 27,538
- Average number of years of schooling:12
Suwon, Republic of Korea
Enjoyment from Learning and Happiness from Sharing
Suwon, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site Hwaseong Fortress, is filled with history and culture. Its nearly 600 lifelong learning centres are open to all members of the community, and offer opportunities to learn and share information.
Vision and Motivation
The centres promote the concept of ‘enjoyment from learning and happiness from sharing’, and provide learning opportunities for people of every age. To foster an open learning society, Suwon offers customized learning information and continuously expands life-learning support.
Challenges and Goals
We are expanding lifelong learning facilities in order to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds and to increase accessibility to learning spaces. Our aim is to create an environment in the city that is human-centred and conducive to learning, meeting a wide range of learning needs and offering a wide variety of learning opportunities.
Plan and Implementation
Suwon has established learning programmes in libraries, village halls and community centres, as well as in around 600 varieties of lifelong learning centres, thereby providing easy access to these services for its citizens. The city has also developed customized learning programmes, which support a lifelong learning city whose citizens can study anywhere and anytime.
Through expansion and support of sustained lifelong learning centres, Suwon hopes to establish a true learning city. The city also plans to implement community-oriented support involving joint private and public input from citizens, businesses and organizations.
Suwon’s strategy also calls for:
- Supported learning circles
- Lifelong education programmes for adult literacy and the disadvantaged
- Provision of the latest information and networking possibilities
- Support to establish a learning city that is tailored to individuals’ lifetimes
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