The preamble of the Charter of Educating Cities states that: “as people, we are interdependent. Without care we cannot survive. Throughout life, but especially at certain moments of the life cycle such as early childhood, old age, periods of severe illness, and for people with functional diversity, we need to receive care on which our survival and physical and mental wellness depends. The educating city must recognise, foster and encourage care and make society jointly responsible for it.”
And it continues with principle 11 alluding to the need that “the layout of public spaces will meet the needs of accessibility, care, health, socialising, security, play, recreation and the balance between personal, family and work life. The educating city will place a special focus on the needs of children, people with functional diversity and senior citizens in its urban planning, amenities and services, in order to ensure a friendly and respectful environment in which they can develop with the highest possible degree of autonomy.”
In turn, principle 14 of the Charter declares that the Educating City “will promote the construction of the city as a space that cares for all people and it will foster active ageing and social relationships that help combat loneliness and isolation.”
With this framework, the fourth edition of the Educating Cities Award focuses on best practices that promote care in the city, in a broad sense. 65 experiences (from 53 cities, from 7 counties and 3 continents) were reviewed. After a complex process of analysis, the jury selected 3 winners and 7 finalists. This was not an easy decision given the quality and impact of the candidatures.
The following projects have been awarded with the Educating Cities’ Award 2022:
Both awarded and finalist projects highlight the importance of launching local initiatives that meet care needs, promote healthy lifestyles that respect biodiversity and strengthen community ties, highlighting the importance of favoring a life cycle and gender perspetive, as well as promoting educational aspects regarding co-responsibility and interdependence.