Delegation from Ufa Participated in the UNESCO 3d International Conference on Leaning Cities in Ireland
20 September 2017
The UNESCO 3d International Conference on Learning Cities took place in Cork, Ireland from 18 to 20 September 2017. About 600 participants from 16 countries take part in it. On the conference Russia is represented by the delegation from Ufa led by Syntimir Bayazitov, Deputy Head of Ufa City Municipal District Administration. The main purpose of the conference is to establish a global contact and implement “Learning Cities” project at local level. The program of event provides an opportunity for participants to share their experience and establish partnership relations.
The opening ceremony of the international conference was held on 18 September. Tony Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Cork, Richard Bruton, Minister for Education of Ireland, Ed Lee, Mayor of San-Francisco (the USA), and Stanley Mutumba Simataa, President of the General Conference of UNESCO, welcomed participants. Plenary sessions on “How Lifelong Learning Supports the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at Local Level” and “Promoting Integrated Governance and Partnerships to Ensure the Sustainable Future of Cities” were also held on this day.
On 19 September, plenary meetings had the topic “Successful Ways of Implementing and Measuring the Impact of the Local Actions for Sustainable Development”. On this day Syntimir Bayazitov, Deputy Head of Ufa City Municipal District Administration, made a report on “Promoting Governance and Partnerships in Learning Cities” in Action Theme III.
In his speech he noted that municipal network of Ufa educational institutions includes establishments implementing programs of pre-school, general and additional education, specialized secondary educational establishments, higher educational institutions, universities of “the Third Age”. All levels of education are equal and complementary components that create a single educational space.
Barrier-free environment is created in schools, especially it concerns children with disabilities for whom different conditions for getting education are provided: full integration class; correction class; homeschooling; distance learning; family education; self-education.
It should be reminded that since 2016 Ufa is being the first and so far the only Russian city that is a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. Participation in UNESCO projects provides great opportunities for sustainable cultural, intellectual and educational development based on access to knowledge and innovative technologies. Ufa was chosen as a capital of World Folkfest 2020 and is preparing to become a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Today the UNESCO Associated School Project is the most demanded and long-term project that is being implemented in our city. Currently in Ufa there are 18 educational institutions, two UNESCO departments operating on the basis of higher educational institutions, the UNEVOC Center for Professional Education, said Syntimir Bayazitov.
On the basis of over 30 educational organizations of Ufa UNESCO Friends Clubs are officially opened.
UNESCO International Projects also include such projects as the Festival of Native Languages named after Jalil Kiekbaev, the competition of creative projects called “Life and Creation of Zainab Biisheva”, the “School Student in a Modern World” festival.
In conclusion Syntimir Bayzitov noted that the city hall faces a challenge for further development of integral educational space governance system of Ufa, of domestic and external partnership.
Then participants visited the forum on “Mobility and Exchange between Cities and Counties towards Peace, Tolerance and Inclusion: Erasmus+ - a European Case Study over 30 Years”, workshops.
In the framework of the visit Syntimir Bayazitov, Deputy Head of Ufa City Municipal District Administration, had a meeting with Tony Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Cork (Ireland), where prospects for cooperation in cultural and spiritual sphere were discussed.