What is a Learning Neighbourhood?
A Learning Neighbourhood is an area that has an ongoing commitment to learning, providing inclusive and diverse learning opportunities for whole communities through partnership and collaboration. The Learning Neighbourhoods Programme aims to continue to build a culture of lifelong learning across Cork City’s neighbourhoods.
The Programme Steering Group, which involves collaboration between Cork City Council, UCC, CIT and Cork Education and Training Board (ETB), works with the learning and education organisations and residents in each area to promote and develop active local lifelong learning.
The UNESCO Learning City approach emphasises lifelong learning and social inclusion. The steering group for Growing Lifelong Learning in Cork (GLLiC) therefore selected two neighbourhoods – Ballyphehane and Knocknaheeny – to pilot the Learning Neighbourhoods Programme in 2015-2016. In 2016-2017 Learning Neighbourhoods welcomed Mayfield and Togher to the programme and South parish and The Glen learning neighbourhoods came on stream in 2018.