In a significant recognition of their dedication to lifelong learning and commendable learning practices, three cities in Thailand – Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Yala – have been welcomed into UNESCO’s prestigious Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). This expansion brings the total number of cities in the network to 356 worldwide, representing a diverse array of locales committed to promoting education and knowledge exchange.

The addition of Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Yala to the GNLC underscores Thailand’s commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable learning environments for all residents. These cities have demonstrated remarkable efforts in implementing effective educational policies and initiatives, serving as role models for other urban centers striving to make lifelong learning a reality.

In the broader context, the inclusion of these Thai cities is part of a larger cohort of 64 cities from 35 countries joining the GNLC in 2024. This expansion highlights the global momentum towards prioritizing lifelong learning and underscores the crucial role that cities play in driving educational advancements at the local level.

Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital, stands as a beacon of learning excellence, offering diverse educational opportunities and initiatives to its residents. Its addition to the Global Network of Learning Cities reaffirms its status as a hub for intellectual growth and innovation.

Khon Kaen, located in Thailand’s northeastern region, has made significant strides in promoting lifelong learning among its citizens. Through various educational programs and community engagement initiatives, Khon Kaen has demonstrated a strong dedication to empowering individuals of all ages to pursue continuous learning and personal development.

Yala, situated in Thailand’s southern region, has overcome numerous challenges to emerge as a shining example of learning resilience. Despite facing socio-political tensions, Yala has prioritized education as a means to foster unity, tolerance, and social cohesion within its diverse community.

The inclusion of Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Yala in UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities reflects their unwavering commitment to creating inclusive and equitable learning environments for all. These cities serve as role models for others around the world, showcasing the transformative power of education in driving sustainable development and societal progress.

As members of the Global Network of Learning Cities, Bangkok, Khon Kaen, and Yala are poised to further enhance their educational initiatives and collaborate with other cities worldwide to exchange best practices, knowledge, and experiences. Together, they contribute to building a brighter future where education serves as a cornerstone for prosperity, understanding, and global cooperation.

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