The Gambia was inaugurated into the membership of UNESCO
on the 1st August, 1973. In 1983 the National Commission
(NATCOM) was set up to act as an intermediary link between
the Government of The Gambia and UNESCO as well as to
guarantee active participation in relevant cultural
and education programmes.
This was the result of a Cabinet decision taken the
year before (11 March 1982) to establish the body in
The NATCOM secretariat also co-ordinates the Islamic
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO)
programmes in the country. Furthermore it cooperates
with the office in Dakar (BREDA).
Members of the commission are chosen from different
ministries, institutions and Non-governmental organisations
working in UNESCO's areas of activity. The Secretary
General is secretary of the commission and head of the
Since 1973 UNESCO has had a keen commitment to supporting
development initiatives in The Gambia with a particular
emphasis on culture, education, communication, science
as well as the culture of peace, women's issues and
Structure of The Commission
• The Secretariat;
• A Commission comprised of 6 members, which meets
every quarter. Ad-hoc meetings can also be assembled
• 6 Technical Committees, which
correspond with UNESCO's fields of competence: Culture,
Science, Communication, Education and Water Resources
control. These Committees meet as required, each of
them being made up of 5 people.
Committees or Sub-Committees:
There are 5 technical committees, for education, science,
culture, communication and the 'Man and the Biosphere'
Permanent Delegation of the Gambia to UNESCO
Maison de l'UNESCO Bureau MR24 1
rue Miollis 75732
The National Federation of
The Gambia UNESCO Clubs and Centres
NAFGUC is a voluntary umbrella organization.
14/15 Marina Parade
PO Box 4611
Telephone number. 4225275