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"Astronomy Education and Public Outreach in Africa"
K. Govender and C. Odman

Presented at ESO/ESA/IAU/Excellence Cluster 'Universe' Astronomy Communication Seminars

ESO
March 2008

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    • SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE Astronomy Education and Outreach in Africa Kevin Govender Carolina Odman kg@saao.ac.za carolina.odman@unawe.org www.saao.ac.za www.unawe.orgwww.astronomy2009.org.za October 29, 08 ESO March 2008 www.astronomy2009.org.za October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 1
    • African Facilities SALT / SAAO HESS HartRAO / MeerKATOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za Astronomy for Development• Education (especially Maths and Science)• Development of Research• Public Understanding of Science• Development of PartnershipsOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 2
    • A Plan for AfricaTheme Astronomy for EducationVisionThe continent of Africa, with an ever-growing astronomy research community,united in the fields of education andoutreach, working together and sharingresources, such that the people of Africaare educated, especially in the fields ofscience, engineering and technology. October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za A Plan for AfricaCore Missions• Enhance the teaching and interest in Maths and Science in schools• Enhance the teaching and research in astronomy in universities• Increase the awareness and knowledge of science amongst the public• Support and encourage an African network October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 3
    • A plan for Africa by Africa1. Algeria 13. Namibia2. Angola 14. Nigeria3. Congo 15. Rwanda4. Egypt 16. South Africa5. Ethiopia 17. Sudan6. Gabon 18. Swaziland7. Kenya 19. Tanzania8. Lesotho 20. Tunisia9. Malawi 21. Uganda10.Mauritius 22. Zambia11.Morocco 23. Zimbabwe12.MozambiqueOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za What’s been happeningSouthern Africa-Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia,Madagascar, South Africa, BotswanaEast Africa-Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, TanzaniaWest Africa-Ghana, NigeriaNorth Africa-Egypt, Algeria, TunisiaOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 4
    • The Kenya Visit as a ModelDay 1:-Meet IYA Steering Committee-Lunch with relevant government officials-Afternoon/Evening session with volunteers/outreach staffDay 2:-Morning visit to Primary school-Afternoon visit to Secondary school-Evening public stargazing eventDay 3:-Consolidation and planning meeting with volunteers andsteering committeeDay 4 (2 weeks later):- Report back and further consolidation/planningOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za Science in many lingosOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 5
    • Personal experience of internationalism October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za The power of fun ZOO October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 6
    • October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.zaOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 7
    • October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.zaOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 8
    • Cornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally GOALS - Use the momentum of IYA to stimulate the establishment and enhancement of regional structures/networks around the world that would focus on the development of astronomy. These structures would support current and future development work of the IAU and other programmes. - Ensure sufficient reach and benefit of IYA and other cornerstones to developing regions. October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.zaCornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Structure: • International Office • 8 Regional Hubs • Country Nodes • Email Networks and Communication Structures October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 9
    • Cornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Focus areas • Professional development • Development of public understanding of astronomy • School-level education development October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.zaCornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Target “Phase 1” (well established) “Phase 2” (in need of support) “Phase 3” (non existing but strong potential) “Phase 4” (non-existent with limited potential) October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 10
    • Phase 1 Phase 2 countries (In need Phase 3 countries (Non- Phase 4 countries (Non- countries of Support) existent with strong existent with limited (Well potential) potential) establish ed)Professional - use as - Link with IAU network - Provide guidance on - High level discussions withDevelopment regional - Student/researcher student and research government departments hub exchange opportunities of Science and Education programmes co- internationally (with - Explore astronomy status in ordinated by regional clause to return to neighbouring countries hubs home country) and likelihood of - Combine with IAU collaborations Commission 46’s TAD/ISYA/WWDA programmesDevelopment of - use as - provide training for local - training workshop on - High level discussions withpublic regional “champions” “communicating government departmentunderstanding hub - feed public info and astronomy to the of Scienceof astronomy stories to champions public” (involve IAU - Explore potential in regularly Commission 55) neighbouring countries - train facilitators to run - link with activities of region and likelihood of public events - provide resources for public collaborating - link with relevant outreach cornerstones (e.g. 100 Hours)School-level - use as - provide training for local - training workshop on - High level discussions witheducation regional “champions” “astronomy in the government departmentsDevelopment hub - provide education classroom” of Science and Education resources and - link with activities of region - Explore potential in networks (link with - provide educational neighbouring countries Galileo Teacher resources and likelihood of Training and UNAWE - introduction of astronomy collaborating Cornerstones for IYA) into the school curriculum October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 11
    • October 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.zaOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za 12
    • africa@astronomy2009.org.zaOctober 29, 08 www.astronomy2009.org.za www.astronomy2009.org.za 13