UNESCO GHANA COMMISION IS 60!
The minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has marked the 60th anniversary of Ghana joining UNESCO by indulging his fellow colleagues on the Executive Board in some Ghanaian culture.
Speaking at the 204th session of the UNESCO Executive Board meeting in Paris on Monday, Dr. Prempeh applauded UNESCO for its leadership in the implementation of the SDGs as well as the ongoing reforms of the Organization’s working methods and processes before proceeding to announce that Ghana celebrates its 60th year in UNESCO on the 11th of April.
“I am happy to inform you that Wednesday the 11th of April marks exactly 60 years since Ghana joined UNESCO. Ghana has indeed come of age at UNESCO and we wish to invite you all to join us in commemorating this important milestone,” the minister said while informing members of Kente and chocolate gifts that had been made available.
The main objective of the founding nations of UNESCO, after the catastrophic Second World War, was to construct the defences of peace in the minds of humankind through Education, the Natural and Social Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information.
The Ghana National Commission for UNESCO (Ghana Natcom) started as a Committee for UNESCO Affairs in 1953 when Ghana became an Associate Member of UNESCO. On 11th April, 1958 when Ghana attained full membership of UNESCO, Cabinet approved the reconstitution of the National Committee under the new title ‘Ghana National Commission for UNESCO’.
The Commission serves as the official link between the Government of Ghana and the Organization and is one of the agencies under the Ministry of Education.