"From a City that Learns to a City that Learns in Europe." These words may not have much meaning to the average resident, but they were actually the subject of an international convention that took place last week in Italy. At this conference, Modiin was chosen as the first city from Israel to join as a partner of joint projects financed by the European Union. The European Fund's budgets are meant to integrate learning into the daily life in the city.
Both our city and country were represented at the convention by Dr. Orna Magar, who runs the city's Interdisciplinary Center. Magar developed the "City that Learns" program in Israel.
Many representatives from several countries in Europe participated in the convention, including Denmark, Italy, England, Spain, Hungary, and Romania. After some discussion, the different representatives decided to include Israel for the first time ever in the project due to the success of the trial-period in which it was implemented in Modiin Maccabim Reut.
After a successful meeting between Magar and the European Coordinator, it was determined that a study group for the European Union will come to Modiin Maccabim Reut for a common learning and project-planning session.
A ceremony also took place in Udine, in which a "Sister Centers" alliance agreement was ratified between the Interdisciplinary Center and Udine Dela-Liberta University. The mayor of Udine, Dr. Magar, the president of the Italian-Israeli Federation, the European Coordinator, representatives from different countries and many other guests were all present at the ceremony.
The impressive event began with a festive concert, which included Jewish music of the Ba'al Shem Tov to honor the guest from Israel. Mayor Haim Bibas greeted all of the guests via Skype, mentioning the high importance that adult education has for the city's development and community. At this time, the mayor invited the Udine Municipality to visit Modiin Maccabim Reut in order to strengthen the mutual friendship and cooperation between the two cities.
"After two years of developing the "City that Learns" model and developing international connections with the "learning cities" network in Europe, we have succeeded at becoming full [and] funded participants in the European League due to the our professional knowledge and the recognition of our city as a leader in the adult education field," said Magar, "and we now expect to develop joint projects together."
Tuesday, October 19, 2010