San José, Costa Rica

Overcoming barriers and transforming realitiesSan José is a city where every citizen has the opportunity to overcome the difficulties he or she faces. The local government strongly believes that learning throughout life has the potential to enrich people’s lives and bring self-fulfilment. It is a valuable tool for overcoming challenges related to social cohesion, and to economic and cultural development.Vision and motivationTo become a Learning City, San José is committed to expanding its social services and investing in its cultural and economic development. It is devoting special attention to its vulnerable and less advantaged populations.Challenges and goalsSan José fights poverty and strives to expand economically and culturally, with a particular focus on:personal empowerment;social cohesion;cultural promotion; andcontinuing learning.Plan and implementationTo reduce poverty and help improve its citizens’ quality of life, the city provides:employment programmes and ongoing training: technical education, career guidance and job placements that fulfil labour market demands and promote employment opportunities for vulnerable young people;night shelters: temporary basic accommodation for homeless people, helping to improve their living conditions and social reintegration; anda drug rehabilitation centre: treatment programmes to help low-income addicts overcome their drug habits.The city also invests in sports and recreation, neighbourhood revitalization schemes, public safety and waste management.
City population
Average number of years of schooling
Member since
Araya Monge Mr Johnny
Focal point
Ms. Paula Vargas Ramirez