Lifelong learning ensures social, cultural, professional and democratic participation. Education and culture also promote the development of the community and the business location. How do we create a needs-based and accessible municipal education landscape as the basis for equal opportunities and individual satisfaction? How do we support a diverse and vibrant infrastructure of art, creativity and culture in our rich urban tradition?
Urban cultural institutions take on educational mediation work, especially among children and adolescents, and increase their cultural education and participation offers, for example in libraries. In addition to their specific tasks, educational and cultural institutions are of great importance for increasing the attractiveness of a residential and business location, for tourism and for international locational competition. The large number of internationally important cultural institutions is a great location advantage, especially in the big cities. However, it also leads special financial challenges for the municipalities.
Social change poses major challenges for the educational infrastructure at the local level. In growing cities in particular, the demand for childcare offers often exceeds the supply. Children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are at greater risk of achieving lower levels of education and failing to transition to secondary schools and work. Social segregation and social inequality are mutually consolidated here; further disadvantages are often the result. At the same time, the huge investment backlog in social infrastructure creates different prerequisites for successful learning, both in the buildings and in the equipment, especially in the digital equipment of public institutions, there is a need to catch up.
The strategies for action in urban development are therefore very broad in terms of education and culture, both socio-politically and spatially. They take into account day-care centres or socio-cultural district centres as well as globally operating concert halls.
In addition to the needs-based and target group-specific development of educational and cultural institutions, urban development policy focuses on the demand-based spatial distribution and networking in the municipal educational landscape - with a particular focus on stabilising disadvantaged social spaces. The combination of lifelong learning and civil engagement illustrate the central role of education and culture in urban development policy.
In the National Urban Development Policy, the support of the municipal level in the field of education and culture has a special priority, both in urban development funding and in investment programs.