The Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County, Councillor Tom Ruddle was part of a delegation that travelled to Belfast City Council this week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Irish Network of Learning Cities.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast has hosted a delegation from Limerick, Cork, Dublin, and Derry City and Strabane to renew their commitment to promote learning across all five cities and city regions.
Speaking at the signing, Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County, Councillor Tom Ruddle said:
“This Memorandum of Understanding that we are signing today is an important agreement to commit each city to work together and provide mutual support to help deliver on the vision of a Learning City for all. Peer support and empathy are key drivers of our partnership. I am delighted to be signing this agreement with our Learning City friends in the Irish Network of Learning Cities. We look forward to our fruitful collaborations and we commit to actively supporting the work of the network over the next five years.”
Dignitaries and representatives from the Irish Network of Learning Cities travelled from across Ireland to sign up to an extended five-year period of collaboration to use learning to improve the lives of all citizens.
Welcoming the delegates to Belfast City Hall, Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Long said: “I am delighted to host the Lord Mayors and Mayors representing the Irish Network of Learning Cities in Belfast today to reaffirm our joint pledge to work together to share best practice on all things related to lifelong and life-wide learning.
All five cities in the Network are members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, a network of over 200 cities around the world committed to using learning to improve the lives of their citizens by sharing good practice, creative solutions and ideas in addressing key concerns that impact society.