Limerick has received a UNESCO Learning City Award for 2017, highlighting the excellent work being carried out in lifelong learning in Limerick.

A jury comprising of 12 international experts from all the UNESCO regions has given the award to Limerick following an application to join by the Learning Limerick Steering Group last year.  Only 16 cities around the globe have been given this award this year.

The award is given to cities that, by putting in place the building blocks of a learning city, have achieved exceptional progress in promoting lifelong learning. The jury highlighted a number of strong features in Limerick, including the involvement of stakeholders from a range of different sectors and the organisation of celebratory events.  The official awards ceremony will take place later this year at the third International Conference on Learning Cities to be held in Cork.

Learning Limerick is the regional group for networks and organisations with a role in learning in Limerick. It’s hosted by Limerick City and County Council and supports and promotes lifelong learning. The group runs the very successful annual Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, which is now in its seventh year. It has proven to be an extremely effective mechanism for bringing education providers from all sectors together to promote both formal and informal learning activities and to connect with learners right across the region.

Limerick is already a member of UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “I’m delighted that Limerick has been selected for this award. The work that is being done to highlight and promote lifelong learning in Limerick is second to none, and I’m happy that this is being recognised by UNESCO. It is a great achievement to have been selected along with 15 other cities for this award in 2017.”

Yvonne Lane, Lifelong Learning Facilitator in the PAUL Partnership said: “This is a great achievement for Limerick and we are looking forward to continuing to play an active part in the global network of learning cities and working closely with UNESCO in continuing to progress in learning region development.”

Eimear Brophy, Adult Education Officer with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) added: “We’re delighted to receive this recognition from UNESCO. Limerick has shown great commitment in promoting access to education and lifelong learning opportunities. The annual Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival brings education providers from all sectors together to promote both formal and informal learning activities and to connect with learners right across the region.”

For more information about Learning Limerick and the UNESCO Award, contact: Yvonne Lane, Lifelonglearning Facilitator, ylane@paulpartnership.ie, 061 419388