UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations are groups of volunteers of different ages and socio-professional status who become activists in the service of UNESCO’s ideals.
Established under the aegis of the Ghana National Commissions for UNESCO, these Clubs, Centres and Associations are grouped into national, regional and international networks, for the purpose of acting in UNESCO’s fields of competence at the grass root level.
The activities carried out by the Clubs, Centres and Associations are varied and depend, very often, on the interests of their members and also on the financial resources and means of action available.
The main functions of the Clubs are the promotion of UNESCO’s ideals in the area of Human Rights and environmental education; fostering a culture of peace and non-violent actions in society.
UNESCO Clubs in Ghana are found in second cycle institutions and some rural communities.
The Movement in Ghana has received substantial benefits.
Expansion of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations in Ghana
In the quest to expand the scope of UNESCO Clubs in the country, the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, through UNESCO’s assistance, undertook an outreach programme which covered six regions, namely: Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Central and Western. The Commission was able to reach 57 schools in the six regions. The National Commission inaugurated three of the clubs: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) UNESCO Club, Kwadaso Agriculture School UNESCO Club and Bechem Presbyterian Senior High School UNESCO Club.
UNESCO Clubs Camp 2007
A UNESCO Clubs Camp was held for twenty-three (23) school-based and four (4) community–based Clubs in August, 2007. The Camp was under the theme “UNESCO Clubs and the Culture of Peace”. It sought to build the capacity of participants in Project Identification, Proposal Writing and Reporting. This was to enable them prepare good projects in the future biennia to support the clubs’ activities.