Granada is considered the tourist capital of Nicaragua, and is a culturally important city characterized by its history, colonial and neoclassical architecture, artists and events. Its economic activities centre on services and commerce, followed by the agricultural and industrial sectors.  
City population
Average number of years of schooling
Member since
Mayor Mr Pedro Pablo Vargas Mena
Focal point
Mr. Yasser Vladimir Muñoz Caldera


For us, lifelong learning is a tool for recognizing our historical legacy and providing our inhabitants with opportunities to development knowledge for economic, social, cultural and sustainable development. We aim not only to strengthen the skills of educators, but also to foster cultural activities that transmit knowledge of our traditions. Moreover, we intend to promote natural medicine and complementary treatments among adolescents, mothers, fathers and legal guardians of those at risk.

Founded 497 years ago, the city of Granada, Nicaragua, is aware of the leading role that education and lifelong learning play in the sustainable human development of its citizens. And it is committed to concrete actions to promote education that is inclusive, high-quality, and sustainable throughout life.

Policies, plan and implementation

Sustainability and health
Granada’s Municipal Development Plan 2020–2025 prioritizes health and education, and mobilizes resources to ensure continuous improvements in these areas. Initiatives include health and child care for infants aged 0 to 6 years; programmes to combat drug abuse and addiction; and projects to promote natural medicines.
Equity and inclusion
Through the Ministry of Education and its Technology Centres, the city guarantees access to free, quality public education for all sectors of society. Initiatives focus on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, literacy, people with disabilities, older people, and at-risk youth.
Decent work and entrepreneurship
The National Technological has developed a certification programme for people with work experience and without a degree. The programme is aimed at self-employed workers and/or tradespeople.

Good practices

Nicaragua Fuerza Bendita (Blessed Strength)
The programme has provided courses and job training to over 100 people with disabilities. It has also supported their participation in fairs, fashion shows and business conferences, has promoted their businesses through the media and social networks.
Love programme
This programme focuses on education, nutrition, health, early years activities and child care, and has enabled Granada to assist street children and reduce child labour and all forms of exploitation affecting children and adolescents.