The online Executive Board meeting of EFUCA

The Executive Board of EFUCA held an online meeting on 20th August 2020 and made the decision of the sine die extension of the General Assembly of elections due to the pandemic of the COVID-19. Besides, the Executive Board proposed to hold an extraordinary online Congress with the theme of the 75th anniversary of UNESCO and 20 years of EFUCA activity.

IN MEMORIAM: MR MASATAKE MATSUDA

Dear Colleagues of NFUAJ,

It was with enormous sadness that the Secretariat of World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) learned of the sad demise of Mr. Masatake Matsuda, the Honorary President of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan and former President of Asia Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA), on 19 May 2020.

He was a very close friend of the UNESCO Clubs family and a wisdom leader of the NFUAJ and AFUCA. He devoted immense service to the promotion of UNESCO’s ideas and UNESCO Clubs movements in both Japan and Asia Pacific region.

We have lost an outstanding leader, a great pioneer.

The secretariat of WFUCA, on behalf of all of our members, conveys our deepest and sincere condolences to his family and to all the members of NFUAJ.

May he rest in peace.

Yours sincerely,

Secretariat

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

IN MEMORIAM: MR TAO XIPING

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

It was with profound sadness that the Secretariat of World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) learned of the sad demise of Mr. Tao Xiping, a very dear member of the UNESCO clubs family and the Honorary President of WFUCA, on the morning of 19 May 2020, in Beijing, China.

Mr. Tao Xiping, one of the world’s renowned educators, the founding father of UNESCO Clubs in China, has made significant contributions to the UNESCO Clubs movement over the past 35 years. Mr. Tao led a life of dedicated service for the promotion of UNESCO’s work, particularly in the field of education, which inspired so many others to do the same.

Since the withdraw of the financial support of UNESCO, WFUCA has been facing great challenges over the years. The secretariat would like to express its sincere gratitude to Mr. Tao’s support and contributions during this difficult time, which was vital for the maintenance of the function of the WFUCA.

We have lost a great soul and a relentless champion for education. His voice of experience will be missed around the world.

May he rest in peace.

Yours sincerely,

Secretariat

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

IN MEMORIAM: MR DHIRENDRA BHATNAGAR

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

The Secretariat of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA) is immensely sad to announce the sudden loss of our President of WFUCA, Mr Dhirendra Bhatnagar, who has left for his heavenly abode, on Sunday 17 May 2020, in Delhi, India, at the age of 65.

Born in 1954, Mr Bhatnagar, a prominent lawyer in India, dedicated his entire life in the field of UNESCO Club activities and promotion of programmes related to UNESCO and United Nations.

Having been actively associated with UNESCO Clubs movement in India and the Asia Pacific region since 1987, Mr Bhatnagar organized a number of National and Regional Training Programs, Seminars, and Workshops on important topics in the fields of UNESCO’s competence, particularly on Peace Education, World Heritage, Human Rights, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Education For All, International Understanding etc. Over the years, he wrote and published several books and articles to promote UNESCO’s programmes, including the production of a feature film “Babloo Ke Sapne” (Dreams of Babloo) to motivate out of school children.

Before being elected as the President of WFUCA, Mr Bhatnagar had been making contributions for years as Executive Board Member of WFUCA and the Vice President of Asia Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA).

In his capacity as President of WFUCA since July 2015, despite the difficult time we have been facing, Mr Bhatnagar has been leading WFUCA’s work and development, and devoted his efforts to strengthen the communication and collaboration with UNESCO and among members.

Under his leadership and guidance, several key events were organized in collaboration with members and UNECSO, such as the 70th anniversary of UNESCO’s clubs movement in 2017 and the International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads in 2019. He also devoted to reinforcing the relationship between WFUCA and UNESCO though constant dialogue, meetings and information sharing, and led the process of amendment of WFUCA’s Constitution. This enabled WFUCA to maintain its presence in UNESCO Headquarters, to maintain its regional federations, and to involve in UNESCO’s participation programme. Mr Bhatnagar also showed support by actively participating in the meetings and activities organized by the member federations and stakeholders around the world. Even until most recently, Mr Bhatnagar was working to propose initiative to UNESCO and mobilize joint efforts to combat the global pandemic.

Mr Bhatnagar’s enthusiasm, leadership, wisdom and true humbleness in his character has made him a most appreciated colleague and friend among us. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered as the exemplary man he was.

We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, son, daughter, and all his family and friends.

Yours sincerely,

Secretariat
World Federation of UNESCO Clubs,
Centres and Associations

Call for Participations: “The Planet of ART” International Festival 2020

“The Planet of ART” International Festival is organized by the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs in cooperation with the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy and the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations. To educate the younger generation, promote intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, as well as strengthen friendly ties among children of the world, the competition has been successfully implemented in Kazakhstan for more than 10 years.

In 2020, the festival is marked by the release of the final album “The thinkers of the Great Steppe” which will include the best works of the finalists of the project, and the winners of the contest will traditionally be invited to attend the Final of the Festival in Almaty.

All the children and youth aged 3-18 are welcome to participate in this competition. The original works must be sent to the Organizing Committee of the Festival, no later than 1 June 2020.

For more information on the “The Planet of ART” International Festival please CLICK HERE.

Christmas Actions, Athens, Greece

The Christmas Actions of “Love and warmth to the children of in-need families and homeless people from the Municipality of Nikaia – Rentis”, organized by the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus and Islands, took place on 17 December in Athens, Greece. Ms. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, visited the Homeless Social Structures and participated in this activity. She read to the children a Christmas fairy tale that highlights the values of friendship, love and affection and offered Christmas presents to everyone.

 

Launching Ceremony of a partnership of Cultural-Educational exchanges between youth from Romania and China, Beijing, China

A partnership of cultural-educational exchanges of youth between Romania and China in the summer of the year 2020 was established by EFUCA and Chinese UNESCO Clubs. During 7-14 December 2019, Dr.Daniela Popescu, President of the European Federation for UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (EFUCA), and Mrs. Georgiana Trifu, Director of the Youth Center from the Bucharest City Hall, were invited by Mr. Francis Pang, the founder of the Sino-Canadian school network, to participate this ceremony.