The Limerick Declaration - A blueprint for Learning Regions

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City/Regional Development
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Communicating a Learning Region
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Consultation and Democracy
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Learning Region Strategies
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The Limerick Declaration is an outcome of the European Commission's PENR3L project to establish a Learning Region expertise network around Europe. It is a blueprint for European Regions outlining the major activities in establishing a Learning Region, and then suggesting in some detail how Universities, Schools, Business and Industry and Local Authorities can contribute to its development. It starts:

PASCAL European Network of Lifelong Learning Regions (PENR3L)
The Limerick PENR3L Declaration

We recognise the urgent need for local and regional authorities to meet the changing economic, social, political, environmental, cultural and management challenges of 21st century life.

We believe that the solution lies in a better understanding of the underlying regional dynamic which balances the global and the local, develops the social capital already existing in most communities and fosters innovation, creativity and growth.

This can only be achieved by a large increase in continuous and lifelong learning for management, professionals and councillors, eventually extending to the citizens themselves.

In short, cities and regions must become learning cities and learning regions, developing their human, intellectual and community potential for the benefit of all, and engaging all stakeholders in this task.

We, new and potential members of the PENR3L network, declare that we will foster and develop new knowledge, expertise and resources to help create learning cities and regions well able to meet the future with confidence, imagination and success.
In particular we believe that the following list of strategic directions will help local and regional authorities to construct stable, prosperous and sustainable learning regions that will benefit all its institutions and citizens.

• exploiting the resources and expertise of Higher Education Institutions, thus helping them to fulfil their third mission in the Bologna process

• mobilising the energies and potential of other public and private sector stakeholders for social and economic growth

• fostering innovation, creativity and vision in people and organisations

• capitalising on diversity as an investment, valuable for economic , human and intellectual growth

• adapting and using already existing tools and materials to increase lifelong learning opportunities for all citizens

• requiring all institutions and workplaces, including the local authority itself, to become learning organisations with continuous improvement programmes for all employees and high quality benchmarked standards

• developing interaction between the local and the global to create investment opportunity

• continuously improving employability and skills to meet the changing requirements of the world of work

• releasing the talents, skills, experience and knowledge of the community in active citizenship projects

• using the media imaginatively to publicise and celebrate the learning region internally to its citizens and externally to its customers and potential investors

• enabling people and institutions to become actively involved with environmental protection projects

The full charter, complete with detailed roles of universities, schools and business and industry is shown in the attached pdf file

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