OUR INSPIRATION COMES FROM THE PAST, PRESENT, AND A FUTURE VISION.
We learn from the past. Just as ancient Alexandria, Egypt (300 BCE) was recognized as a center of learning and scholarly pursuit, so too can we be known for valuing and celebrating lifelong learning today, and for future generations.
“Creating a global culture of lifelong learning will be key to addressing the challenges faced by humanity.” -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The City of Norfolk Lifelong Learning initiative, guided by the 2018 Mayor’s Commission on Lifelong Learning, is the road map for innovation, resiliency, economic opportunity, and prosperity.
Believe in Yourself
Do you love music, poetry, art, dancing, or yoga? Are you seeking a career shift, a higher salary, or a new hobby? Or perhaps you are ready to level-up in other areas of your life. Whether you want to enhance your professional skills or learn a new skill, lifelong learning activities provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for residents of all ages.
Believe in Your Family
Are you looking for new ways to keep your family connected? How about building a boat or a budget, taking an art workshop, or even learning martial arts together? Whether your family likes to bike, bowl, game, or read, lifelong learning offers unique ways to entertain your family and keep you connected.
Believe in Your Community
How do we get better, together? Have you ever thought about taking a field trip around your own neighborhood? What about getting together with your neighbors to support new bike lanes and crosswalks? Lifelong learning happens when we take action and get involved in meaningful activities that improve our communities.
Believe in Our Future
How do we stay resilient? In the face of challenges and adversity, how can we reimagine and rebuild our communities to create a better future? Much as the branches of a tree bend and sway in strong winds, communities that commit to lifelong learning build a collective framework that adapts and evolves for generations to come.