Cities as Learning Communities
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Cities can be regarded as learning communities, as urban environments are usually the place where education and training is created and provided.
Some time ago, the European Commission released the TELS project executive summary focusing on creating lifelong learning cities, towns and regions. As the document points out, one of the most interesting and promising developments in the movement towards a European Learning Society is the work being done in ‘Learning Communities’ or 'Cities of Learning' (which can
also be towns or regions).
One of the recommendations made to the Commission by the project's promoters was to support high profile technology projects which demonstrate how to use technology effectively for lifelong learning in the city.
TeleCities is the major European network of cities committed to leadership in the Information and Knowledge Society. Established in 1993 in the framework of Eurocities, TeleCities aims is to promote eCitizenship over 100 local authorities to ensure that all citizens can gain equally from the benefits of the Information and the Knowledge Society. Among other useful information and facilities, TeleCities website provides access to IT profiles of all the cities included in the network.
The NewTELS project, a part of the Grundtvig program, runs national seminars in countries with among other objectives the one of creating a sophisticated online service to facilitate communication, put citizens and organisations in municipalities in touch with each other and gather information, resource materials, contact and event information as well as collaboration.