Ghana National Commission for UNESCO @ 60: Promoting Peace through the soft power of UNESCO

The Ghana National Commission for UNESCO is Sixty years!!!

In 1958, a year on after Ghana gained independence, Cabinet approved the reconstitution of the then National Committee on UNESCO into a National Commission – the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO (Ghana Natcom).

Sixty years on, the Commission has made enormous strides in this journey. The Commission is proud to have assisted in the developmental processes of various institutions and Ghanaians through the UNESCO Participation Programme, Workshops, Conferences and other learning platforms as well as the UNESCO Fellowships Programme.

The anniversary celebration started in Paris when Ghana took its turn to address the 204th Session of UNESCO Executive Board. In a statement, the Hon. Minister for Education and Chairman of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, announced to the 58-member Executive Board that Wednesday, 11th of April is exactly 60 years since Ghana joined UNESCO.

He indicated that Ghana had indeed come of age at UNESCO and wish to invite all members of the Organisation to join Ghana in commemorating this important milestone.

Branded Ghanaian chocolates and traditional Kente stoles with writings of “Ghana Natcom @ 60” was distributed to all members of the Board, Observers and the Bureau of the Board.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Education and Vice Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Enoch H. Cobbinah, in the morning of 11th April, during a meeting of all UNESCO National Commissions attending the 204th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris, France, made a three-minute statement on the occasion of the anniversary. During the meeting, Ghana also gave out customized Kente stoles and chocolates as souvenirs.

As part of the year-long celebration, the Commission will soon:

  • officially launch the celebration
  • launch an art, essay and poetry contest for Associated Schools (ASPnet) in Ghana and UNESCO Clubs in Ghana
  • embark on an outreach to interact with schools on the theme of the celebration
  • officially open the Museum of Light at the Museum of Science & Technology, among other things.

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