Educating cities started as a movement in 1990 following the 1st International Congress of Educating Cities held in Barcelona.
When a group of cities represented by their local governments set for themselves the common goal of working together on projects and activities for improving the quality of life of their inhabitants on the basis of their active involvement under the approved Educating Cities Charter.
Some years later, in 1994, Barcelona City Council promoted the establishment of the International Association of Educating Cities (IAEC), to gather together all the cities that are committed to the Charter’s principles into an organisation that favoured and promoted dialogue and exchange and a joint drafting of a statement that declared education to be a central axis to personal and collective progress in coexistence and solidarity.
Barcelona has chaired AICE since its outset; its leadership is recognised and valued by all the members who, in a General Assembly held in Lisbon in 2007, decided that Barcelona should continue as president of the Association. On this path, Barcelona has been accompanied by numerous cities across the world that make up the Executive Committee and organiser cities of the several international congresses. Without its support, opening and maintaining this dialogue with more than 460 cities in 36 countries would not have been possible.
The countries that currently are members of the IAEC are:
Republic of Cape Verde
ASIA – PACIFIC
Republic of Korea