22.09.2021 - Curaçao National Commission for UNESCO

Curaçao celebrates its 10th anniversary as an Associate Member to UNESCO

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the country’s membership to the Organization


On 25 October 2011 during the 36th General Conference of UNESCO, Curaçao became the 7th Associate Member of UNESCO. In view of the 10th anniversary of the country’s membership to the Organization, the Curaçao National Commission participated in various activities to reflect on this date by organizing a range of events related to UNESCO field of competencies (Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture and Communication & Information) and the diverse programmes implemented on the island, such as the MAB programme, ICH Convention, Anti-doping Convention, MOW, BYOB and MOWLAC, the Participation Programme, to mention a few.


The first activity to launch the reflection on Curaçao’s 10 years Associate Membership to UNESCO was the celebration on 25 January 2021 of the International Day of Education under the topic ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’. Held at the initiative of the Curaçao National Commission and in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, together with School for Foundation Based Education Emmy Berthold and Kolegio Alejandro Paula School, the kick-off event presented a video highlighting best practices implemented after the school reopening. Representatives of the youth were given voice to express their concerns and aspirations in face of the challenges of the economic recession and climate change. Mr Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations addressed the participants of this meeting with a video message.


In February 2021 a week-long attention was granted to the promotion of the International Mother Language Day celebrated on 8 February. The celebration culminated with the Prize that Curaçao National Commission offers each year to a person or an organization that promotes the use of the Curaçao indigenous language - Papiamentu. 


Among other activities that marked the celebration of the 10th anniversary was collaboration between the Curaçao National Commission with the Foundation Everyone Counts (Fundashon Tur ta Konta) to proclaim on the occasion of the International Day of Mathematics the month of March as the Month for Mathematics.


Two sets of webinars organized for Caribbean youth were held by the working committee on Sports with the support of the Cluster Office for the Caribbean. The online meetings aimed at raising awareness of the power of sport for development and peace for Curaçao and analysing the impact of COVID-19 on Sports and Exercise in general.  


In the framework of the World Book and Copyright Day celebrations, an online quiz was organised for children and adolescents of age ranging from 6 and 18 years. The project served to promote and stimulate reading among youth by offering an opportunity to participate in the intellectual exercise, supported by the National Commission and local schools.


In the follow-up to the UNESCO-CDEMA Workshop on ‘Disaster Resilience in the Caribbean’s Culture Sector’ conducted in March 2021 in Barbados, a working group of culture stakeholders, including line ministries, profile organizations, museums, galleries, archives, libraries and disaster management professionals elaborated the ‘Guidelines for the Development of a National Strategy and Plan of Action for the Disaster Resilience and Recovery in the Caribbean's Culture Sector’. 


In the framework of the anniversary celebrations, the Director of the Cluster Office for the Caribbean Dr. Saadia Sanchez-Vegas will visit Curaçao in October 2021 on the occasion of the launch of an exhibition at the National Library of Curaçao.


The calendar of anniversary celebration events planned by the Curaçao National Commission the for the second half of 2021 is available here.

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