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Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chachoengsao join UNESCO’s learning cities

Caitlin Ashworth

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3 cities in Thailand recently joined UNESCO’s membership of so called “learning cities” which are said to promote “lifelong learning” and sustainable development. Chachoengsao, Chiang Mai and Phuket joined the UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities. Altogether, 55 cities from 27 countries, adding up to 230 cities in 64 countries around the world, according to UNESCO.

“These cities are outstanding examples of how lifelong learning can become a reality at local level. They have proven that effective lifelong learning policies and practices can support the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and contribute to the 2030 Agenda.”

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning David Atchoarena says the recent new members have shown that they can make “lifelong learning a reality,” even after enduring the pandemic.

“With unprecedented urgency, the Covid-19-19 pandemic has underlined the necessity to build more resilient education systems for the future. With more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities must be at the centre of this undertaking.”

David says he hopes it will inspire other cities in Thailand to follow.

“I very much hope that we will see many other cities from Thailand joining the network and working on providing lifelong learning opportunities for all to ensure a sustainable and peaceful future.”

The mayor of Chachoengsao, Kolayuth Chaisang, says his goal is to provide “effective education, thoroughly and equally to all citizens.” According to the Bangkok Post, the city is a key urban centre both economically and culturally.

The mayor of Chiang Mai, Tussanai Buranupakorn, says he wants to revitalise the city, while also maintaining the cultural significance. The city has a number of educational institutes, which goes along with UNESCO’s learning city principles.

Phuket is a hub of sustainable creativity, according to the Bangkok Post. The mayor of Phuket, Somjai Suwansupana, says he wants to preserve the city’s “identity, local wisdom assets and the charm of our multiculturalism.”

SOURCES: UNESCO | Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I bet the Thais are thrilled!
    What’s the point UNESCO. Do you give them a brass plaque?
    They do not want lifelong learning at the moment, just lifelong jobs, if only for a few years.

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    Whiro

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I had to check the date of this article because it sounded like something we would hear on April Fool’s day.

    Lifelong learning cities? Chiang Mai?
    UNESCO is a joke organization. They need to do a reality check first. Before learning and/or teaching, Chiang Mai officials must ban 12 yr old kids riding Honda 125cc. If they can’t for whatever the reason is, give them helmets to wear on their heads at least, so they don’t smash their brain when they ride through traffic full of diesel polluted streets.

    Should I mention cops are always standing by the school gates directing traffic ? Same cops are cutting tickets to those without helmets on the same street different time of the day whenever they need cash in their pockets for Sangsom. Educate the cops first UNESCO, then you can talk about this.

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    Whiro

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I had to check the date of this article because it sounded like something we would hear on April Fool’s day.

    Lifelong learning cities? Chiang Mai?
    UNESCO is a joke organization. They need to do a reality check first. Before learning and/or teaching, Chiang Mai officials must ban 12 yr old kids riding Honda 125cc. If they can’t for whatever the reason is, give them helmets to wear on their heads at least, so they don’t smash their brain when they ride through traffic full of diesel polluted streets.

    Should I mention cops are always standing by the school gates directing traffic ? Same cops are cutting tickets to those without helmets on the same street different time of the day whenever they need cash in their pockets for Sangsom. Educate the cops first UNESCO, then you can talk about your outstanding project :)) LOL

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    Alan

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Good idea. Westerners need an education on real culture. And Chinese people need to have a massive block removed from their religious instinct. Thailand for me was a major educational experience, socially, spiritually, and health.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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