Our UNESCO-Club exists since 1997, right now there are 110 members. We started on the background of the apprentice-exchange, which runs since 1985 between the two ASP-net-schools (=Associated Schools Project) Berufliches Schulzentrum Kulmbach/Germany and Tophane Teknik Lisesi ve Endüstri Meslek Lisesi Bursa/Turkey. To ASP-net (www.unesco.org/education/asp/) in total belong about 9500 schools in 180 countries all over the world. Teachers and students who had left school should be further involved in UNESCO-work.
Four main topics are leading our engagement:
for the members of our Club. Each year we offer some visits to these places in our or foreign countries. Last destinations were Turkey, Austria, Switzerland etc.
2. Agenda-Project Cumalikizik/Turkey (Link: )
In the small village Cumalikizik nearby Bursa, the twin-city of Kulmbach, we´ve restored with the help of both Lions-Clubs an old historical wood-constructed house, that was almost broken down. We also found support by the municipality of Bursa in the framework of an agenda-project of the EU (www.facebook.com/KupeliEv?ref=stream). Teachers of Tophane school were engaged in trainee programs for local youth and women in English language, workshop abilities and knowledge about marketing activities for selling their local offers like food and handmade products.
3. Sponsoring Apprentice-Exchange of both vocational schools in Bursa and Kulmbach
Since 1985 there ran 40 exchange-projects, including about 500 people on both sides. On this base of friendship between schools and clubs grew 2009 a new partnership between two Kindergartens in Bursa and Kulmbach.
4. Responsibility for the One World
We´re also member in Nepal-Club Kulmbach, which sponsors various development-projects, especially in health and educational sectors in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. Our newest project was elaborated from Dr. Köhler, former ASP-net-coordinator in Germany. He has founded a private-school in Tansania, which works according to the principles of UNESCO by using newest pedagogical methods and gives scholarships to disadvantaged students (www.africaschools.net )