Other proposals submitted to COVID-19 Extraordinary Call

In May 2020, the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development issued an Extraordinary Call for Proposals that could use astronomy in any form to help mitigate some of the impacts caused by COVID-19. Of the 123 proposals received, below are the ones which could not be funded. These proposals were all reviewed by an international panel of experts from astronomy, development, and other fields. If you are interested in knowing more about a proposal or want to contact the proposers, please write to us at info@astro4dev.org.

 

PROJECT TITLE SUMMARY
#COVID_19 ASTRONOMY/COUNSELLING RESPOND TEAM(ACRT) Garaku, North Cenral Nigeria is a small community where most people are still in denial of Covid-19. through the government is trying to sensitize the people but children are left out. this project is aimed at using creative and simple ways of getting through to the children using astronomy to make the sessions more intersting. Resource person from awbnig, NUBEB, Local Education Authority Board will be invited and health workers.
3D Printed face shields

The idea is to invest in a simple 3D printer (and material) and house it in Sutherland Planetarium. The 3D printer will then be used to print face shield brackets that can be sold to the local community at a fair price. This will help the planetarium staff to generate some sort of an income to help with salaries. It will also provide the community with PPE at an fair price.

The fact that these face shields are produced locally by an 3D printer can also help to inspire the local community. The Planetarium owner has experience in 3D printing and CAD design.

Covid-19 Sensitization outreach for Astronomy community in Lagos State

• Sensitization of the public (Astronomy community)

With COVID-19 spreading across the countries of the world, we are coming up with programs to spread the word to communities about how to protect themselves and their families against Covid-19 pandemic. Especially most vulnerable communities.

• Donations

Donation of relief materials to residents

Giving out stimulus package to residents, targeting at least 50 households. This would involve food packs

We would be giving small bags of rice, small bags of beans, garri, bread, dry pepper.

Donation of very little cash as low as 5 Euros to the most vulnerables.

Aerial City Nodes/Visualizations A tight mapping of city light pollution is often helpful for understanding how much of star light can be seen in detail from the Urban environs. Studying city light pollution entails understanding the distribution of city lights within metros such  as Cape Town. This distribution in turn maps out the movement of people in and out of cities via road/air travel which correlates with the spread of pandemics. Generating aerial photography in this instance of city lights by drone or any other means can serve as both inspiration for astronomy and studies in the spread of pandemics such as Covid19
Amazonas_Astro_NEPA

The central idea is to bring relevant discussions within Astronomy to teachers and students in the public education system. As everyone is at home, due to social isolation, the target audience is quite diverse. Therefore, this project was divided into 8 fronts, according to the target audience (please, the numbers correspond to the fronts indicated in the item above, number 7).

1: We will have the activities of Astropedagogy and Astromusicality.

2: We will have Astrolanguage and Astromathematics activities.

3: We will have activities in Astrophysics and Astrochemistry and Astrogeology.

4: We will have the activities of Astrobiology and Astrophilosophy and Female Empowerment in Astronomy and Astronautics.

5:  Astronomy activities in LIBRAS (Brazilian Sign Language)

6: We will have Indigenous Astronomy activities

7: We will have Afro-Brazilian astronomy activities.

8: We will have Japanese astronomy activities.

The implementation plan consists of the elaboration of videos (in mp4 format), “lives” on social networks and the elaboration of manuals (in pdf format) for teachers and students. Each activity will address a specific topic and they all relate. In total, they are interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary activities. Everything is done in order to encourage students’ creativity. For example, we will talk about: microorganisms and the emergence of life on Earth;

we will discuss the philosophical impact of technology over long distances; we will cover everything about the formation of telluric planets and the constitution of their atmosphere, environmental impact, etc .This project is supported by the following Brazilian entities: ABP, FAPEAM, MCTIC, CNPq, UEA, Planetarium Digital of Manaus and Parintins.

Articulated Knowledge Streaming

We envisage to establish an internet radio at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad,Pakistan to broadcast space awareness, COVID-19 awareness, lectures and space related programs in addition to entertainment and public service.

Our target audience will be school/college/university students along with general masses.

We will procure the basic items at first stage and will train a few students/researchers and develop the programs , launch the website and social media campaign for marketing and start broadcasting the programs.

Astro-Food Parcels

Delivery of Food Parcels and Astronomy booklets to Unemployed families and Grade 7 learners. Grade 7 learners will study the booklets and will be given the test to write within 10 min. Parents will receive their food Parcels.

ASTROKIDZ AT A DISTANCE

Our overall project is divided into 3 projects:

Project 1. Our experiments and activities downloadable at www.astrokidz.com/apoyo are very uncomplicated and have already inspired students to get more involved with astronomy. Over 3000 teachers have subscribed to the activities and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The plan is to continue inspiring both students and teachers with these activities and experiments.

Project 2. The “AstroKidz at a Distance” project will give students and groups a real sense of participation where they can ask questions via their own video selfie. At the AstroKidz observatory (Observatorio Tagua Tagua, National Innovation Award Winner 2018) we will create a professional video that answers their questions and includes their video selfies. This will no doubt be a lot of fun for students of all ages, but most importantly it will be a very engaging and inspirational experience.

Project 3. Once schools begin to re-open there will of course be concerns to make sure the establishment is properly disinfected. AstroKidz will take government approved disinfectant to schools and set up entrance tunnels with nebulizers to spray the disinfectant on entry. This will be effective for students and teachers and will ensure we can carry out of astronomy activities within schools, while at the same time greatly reducing the risk of cross-contamination between students and teachers.

Astronomy and Health in Public Schools

Health science as a subject is one of the compulsory subject students have to study in Nepal but in very few cases we can find those hygiene being practiced. Students love activities and interactions and this could be a right time when they could be taught how to practice what they have learnt. Thus I would like to implement a project where students would learn how to keep themselves clean and prevent viruses to spread while learning the very simple programming techniques and coding via online courses (if lock down lengthens) and pass this cleanliness culture to their younger ones either in school or home. This project would go for 3-4 months while targets especially on students and teachers as a group of female head teachers had already been created by me last March who would like to partner with us to practice healthy learning culture in their school .

As I’m doing my MPhil in STEAM education, this opportunity is going to be very important to me as I am working on gender issues in STEAM while using Astronomy as my main tool. As I have been conducting various programs with students from these marginalized community and working with them had created a very good environment in couple of schools I’ve already been working with, I would like to take tjis opportunity to reach to few more school where students would be working in their community (marginalized) that would help them gain their confidence in coping with the world they generally fears to cope with.

In case the lock down prolongs, students (13-14 y/o) would be given training via online along with their corresponding teachers and they as a part of a project would be taking thing back to their families and would send us a video report after completion of project when they would be receiving prizes according to their work. This is focused because many people here are taking the situation lightly. And even after the COVID-19, this would help them to prevents other diseases caused by Viruses/Germs.

ASTRONOMY CAPSULES IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC

The central idea of the project is the dissemination of astronomical-scientific content, focused on the history of the universe and, also to review the main milestones of science, and of the great scientists and their discoveries. To accomplish this, the idea is to produce audiovisual capsules, with a length of five minutes each, based on the theatrical show “Approaching the Universe”, created by “Ñeque Theater Company”. The narrative language of these capsules, like the play, will feature music, acting, object manipulation and audiovisual technology.

The target audience for this proposal will be familiar starting from the age of six.

The idea is to generate a work campaign, so that boys, girls, youth and adults, from the Araucanía Region (southern Chile) become interested in astronomical content, in addition to preparing them to witness the total solar eclipse, whose umbra may be witnessed from this region and from southern Argentina, on December 14th, 2020.

Implementation:

Preproduction:

– Meetings with a network of enthusiastic scientists and consulting scientists from the Chilean Astronomy Foundation, Fuchas.

– Adaptation of scenes from the show “Approaching the Universe” into audiovisual capsule format.

– Preparation of the audiovisual technical script.

– Essays

– The content of the script will be checked by the advising scientists of Fuchas, to make sure for its scientific coherence.

Production:

– Space adaptation in the locations that will be used to record.

– Recording of six audiovisual capsules, with a duration of five minutes each.

– Edition.

– Distribution: A distribution of the audiovisual capsules will be carried out through digital platforms; the websites of the Ñeque Teatral company and Chilean Foundation of Astronomy Fuchas. Also through the YouTube channel TV Educa Chile, and social network associated with the foundation and the theater company

Astronomy Community Covid-19 Humanitarian Outreach

The Covid-19 Pandemic is biting the hardest in the rural parts of Nigeria. Majority of these people are feeling the pangs of hunger and poverty at these very strange times because of the lockdown imposed by government, preventing them from accessing their means of daily livelihoods.

Most of these communities do not have access to constant water supply to be able to sustain and adhere to the health advice of frequent hand washing. Sadly, their major concern at this time, is to beat hunger and stay alive even as they hope the Covid-19 pandemic somehow spares them.

There is a very low rate of awareness on social and physical distancing as being a major means of preventing community transmission of the Coronavirus. Nigeria now has over 3000 cases of infection, even as health and government authorities decry the danger of community spreading of the virus. The rates of new infections, since the first cases of community transmission was announced has been unprecedented.

These are communities with very limited access to electricity and almost no access to internet access. AWB Nigeria had carried out Astronomy outreaches, including the OAD supported Girls Camps in these communities.

This project aims to raise awareness on preventing Covid-19 spread, create awareness about sky gazing for kids and also provide relief materials to these communities in the form of grocery packages, hand sanitizers, soaps among others. These would be donated to each of the community heads in the name of OAD, and AWB Nigeria would be there to coordinate.

The idea is to keep the communities connected to Astronomy at this time, since these communities would not have access to any form of online Astronomy activities. If we support them at these trying times, in staying alive, it will go a long way to cement the relationship we have built in the course of our Astronomy outreaches and to encourage the young ones to continue to participate in our Astronomy outreaches once the pandemic is over.

Astro-online As a result of Covid-19 educational facilities have been closed and as a result education has changed with distinctive rise in e-learning. The idea behind this project is to indulge and engage every interested individual most especially students  in astronomy using the internet, it aims at educating people around this region about astronomy and engage them during this trying times. Also to sensitise the general public about the Covid-19 pandemic and using astronomy to draw their attention towards keeping safe during this period. it also creates a medium through which the students in this region can engage themselves, share ideas, post pictures (moon, stars, crafts etc) while they stay at home.
Audio Books Kit for Home Schooling

Audio books are to be used to cater to some of the indigent children from ages 6 to 12, who do not have access to home schooling during this pandemic and no provision for online learning.

The kit contains a talking pen which is preloaded with English, Mathematics and language lessons as well as folk stories. The lessons and are currently available for primary one (1), to primary four (4) classes. The books for each lesson are purchased separately.

They audio learning kit works by tapping the pen to the audio activated book at the designated spot, which activates the lesson in the pen and as the child follows the lessons on each page, the pen reads out.

The audio learning kit will help in the current lockdown situation where most of the children in public schools in Nigeria will most likely not have any form of formal education or any substitute for it, while at home.

This also will tackle the difficult situation of learning while maintaining social distance.

The kids get their basic lessons at home and safe from getting infection from mixing up with people outside of their homes.

They will be distributed house to house in the suburbs and a demonstration made for them to understand how it works.

Biosynthesis of graphene oxide nanomaterials and its application in wearing mask

This project is based on cost effective and high quality making for wearing masks.

Currently, due to low quality masks Corona Virus 2109 and particle matter goes inside our lungs which causes severe acute respiratory problems and this project concept overcome this problem.

COVID-19 infected area, healthcare professionals and all populations are targeted.

We have planned to manufacture in large scale after conducting first stage experiments in laboratory.

Childcare foundation uganda

Child care foundation Uganda is anon profit organization, registered in Kisoro district as a community based organization registration number DGCS/760/2018 to work towards the plight of the needy after identifying high basic need violation rates among the Orphans, Vulnerable Children {OVC}, and Batwa people as a result of inferiority complex as well as poor personal development.

 CCFU as an organization was started by Turinayo Emmanuel former sponsored child of Compassion International. After finishing school and graduating the sponsorship program, Emmanuel tried to help others to the end of their means. But the need was simply too great.

Emmanuel talked to his former sponsor, now friend, about the struggle with what was in his heart versus what his hands could do. His sponsor told a similar story. As a younger man, he realized that he, alone, could not help those who needed it. But he could advocate for them to create a network with others who, together, could change the world.

Community involvement in changing lives

We  are  planning  to  distribute  food parcels  and establishing  food  gardens  .focusing  on the elderly  showing  the  young  kids  how  to do garden as  form of sustainability

We  will deliver  parcels  to the.identified  households

Community rescue through mitigating the level of hunger The core project idea is equipping the community most especially women and children with nutritional knowledge plus providing hands-on skills related to Parma gardening in order to boost community immunity thus achieving improved health and well-being of the community. Many people’s health are not improved because of lack of knowledge. Thus, the need to train people on nutrition and have a demonstration farm is the best way to go in order to have sustainable well improved health and food security in community.
COMPARATIVE SURVEY BETWEEN RURAL AND URBAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ON THE MAIN CHALLENGES THEY ARE FACING WHILE AT HOME DURING  COVID-19 PANDEMIC Since the closing of academic institutions including universities due to COVID-19 pandemic, some of discussions have been on how to resume studies either by  E-learning or any means but not physical interaction as used to be. However no survey has been done on the current situation of our students while being at their parent/guardian/private homes. It is important to know the current situation/s of students themselves since they come from different corners and socioeconomic backgrounds  within our country. Unless we conduct a simple survey based on this,  we will be ignoring basic aspect of caring clients, learners’ readiness and conducive environment for any form of teaching/learning. The project will involve collecting some information such as his/her  university registered, age, gender, year of study, degree program, current place (rural/urban by name), activities being currently doing, main challenge he/she is facing, how he/she reacts to COVID-19, what he/she has done to the family/society as an elite based on COVID-19,  his/her opinions/suggestions  based on the current situation of closing the university due to COVID-19 pandemic. Some of tools to be used are online interviews, questionnaires, video, focus group discussions for those who are near the researcher while using healthy precautions. Pre-information will be obtained from selected universities. Finally, all information will be collected, analyzed and presented using statistical modes of presentation.  The data will compare the situation between students in rural and urban areas. These data will be used to create awareness to the educational stakeholders and the public at large. The study will involve a sample of 1000 students from 27 universities in a reasonable ratio depending on the population in a given university.
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Education and Awareness Initiative in Tanzania

PROJECT SUMMARY

The coronavirus is now in our country with at least 189 confirmed infected and many more under suspicion of being infected. Panic mainly due to lack of information is happening and with poor health-care system and slow government response, there is a need for civil society to take part in the education and knowledge-sharing campaign as well as provide immediate assistance to individuals who show sign of being infected. The rapid spread of COVID 19 can be stopped. With this knowledge the Nonprofit Tanzcare Aid Society Foundation is joining other global organizations to ensure we help all the community’s most at risk. We work with remote and vulnerable communities in Tanzania with little to no information and basic supplied to protect them from COVID19. Rural communities and informal urban settlements are also not equipped to deal with the pandemic. With all disasters, the vulnerable are always most at risk. We need to provide information, essential items and support to ensure the communities we support are safe. The Project will construct 50 hand washing stations in Dar es Salaam to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and raise awareness on the importance of hand washing in informal settlements. COVID-19 has been declared a world pandemic. It has already affected more than 200,000 people with many losing their lives.

SOLUTION

There is an urgent need to educate the public and provide relief support to those who is suspected to be infected. Education about prevention and self-care is very urgent. Civil societies like ourselves work in local communities and will be more effective in providing support to our constituents. The project will construct hand washing stations in Dar es Salaam in addition to raising awareness on Covid19. The hand washing stations will be made by locally assembled materials, equipped with water and soap. The stations will be strategically constructed in places where there is overcrowding.

Corona virus and misinformation Public lectures
Covid-19 Learning support for Elementary School Kids in Kwali, Nigeria

• Teaching and learning of key subjects like Science, Astronomy, Mathematics and English Language in the community.

While COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, schools in most countries of the world are closed, a lot of schools engage in e-Learning which is effective in some way, but we are coming up with this physical teaching and learning program to enable children of the poor who have no access to electronic devices, internet facilities and even power supply and as such, cannot participate in e-Learning, continue learning the core subjects in order not to be left out.

Venue

We will be using a big hall in one of the community schools which would allow for physical distancing among the students.

Provision of face masks, hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities for the kids

• There are volunteer teachers who are willing to be part of this project

Volunteer AWB Nigeria teachers would be engaged and stipends paid for the period of the project.

Teachers to take Mathematics, English, Science, Astronomy.

Donation of writing materials

AWB Nigeria has promised to donate writing materials to the kids as well as stipends for the volunteer Teachers. So, we would be giving free exercise books, pens, pencils etc to at least 50 students

We will provide snacks and water for the kids as many of their parents are struggling under the huge economic burden of the Covid-19 lockdown. This would be served to them during break time.

Creation of “Teens in Astronomy club, Zimbabwe” . Due to The Covid 19 pandemic, about 500 children from the less privileged families in Budiriro ward 33, Harare are facing serious starvation which needs urgent attention. The appreciation of Astronomy and understanding of its impact on socio and economic development of Zimbabwe is very low in the less privileged communities mainly due to lack of centers which provides information on astronomy and also a general phobia on STEM . It is against this background that we wish to establish a feeding point in Budiriro ward 33 for the less privileged children. Through this feeding point we aim to carry out an astrology awareness to these children and motivate them to join the “Teens in Astronomy club Zimbabwe”. This club will focus on educating teens on all aspects of Astronomy and organizing projects that will improve our communities through astronomy. We wish to use Bernard Ganzwa’s house as the feeding point, For Awareness we will use banners  and a television set on the feeding point to show information on how to prevent the spread of Covid 19 virus    and also showing the influence of astronomy on our day to day lives. The feeding point will serve lunch only on strictly takeaway basis, observing the national regulations on social distancing restrictions. The feeding point will operate during this Covid 19 crisis and its our strong belief that a vibrate astronomy club will be created and live long.
Development of a system to monitor health status of older people stuck at home during lockdown

This project is solely developed to monitor the aged from 65 – 95 years old, targeting 25 households for a start.

Our team of 5 volunteers will cover one local community in the suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 2 times a week for 4 weeks.

We have a network of volunteers that will be trained, out of which 5 will go out to carry out this checkup with their PPE for monitoring of the elderly within the local community. We will provide facemask, soap and sanitizers, and also food items to sustain these participants for 4 weeks during this lockdown time. This project is solely developed to monitor the aged from 65 – 95 years old, targeting 25 households for a start.

Our team of 5 volunteers will cover one local community in the suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 2 times a week for 4 weeks.

We have a network of volunteers that will be trained, out of which 5 will go out to carry out this checkup with their PPE for monitoring of the elderly within the local community. We will provide facemask, soap and sanitizers, and also food item packs to sustain these participants for 4 weeks during this lockdown time.

The health system is currently overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and as such every other health activities seem to be suffering due to this unexpected overstretches of the facilities and most health workers are already at the frontline.

Our plan is to be mindful of the aged while easing some stress off the health workers.

Our team of 5 volunteers consists of a wide range of professionals most of whom we will train via free online tools on how to carry out their duties.

Also they have access to nutritional advice and lifestyle recommendations that will help them retain mental acuity, physical strength, heart health, mobility and fine motor coordination among many other things.

EARTH AND BEYOND covid-19

To support rural  learners in schools  with hand sanitizers and masks.  The masks will be printed with astronomy related information and pictures.

Pamphlet with summary of grade 5-9 topics related to astronomy will be included to be distributed to learners. These will cover the curriculum while they stay at home.

If they return to school a PowerPoint presentation and activities on the content Earth and beyond.

The selected are schools that participated in the International Year of Astronomy (IYA)  activities.

Education For Her

This project will aim at providing data and mobile phones to female science high school students and their teachers so that the learning process can remain ongoing among the students and also for the students to continue their science projects during this period. This project also aims to make sure that the girls gain information about COVID 19 in order to keep themselves and loved ones safe during this period, the reason for this project is that most of the female students in these districts can not afford data let alone mobile phones to gain this information especially on covid 19 and also to keep in touch with their fellow students and teachers to learn and share ideas on their science projects and studies. This will also help the girls access the learning material put on the internet by ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda.

We plan on implementing the project this way,

We will work in collaboration with schools to get to know girls from underprivileged homes who can’t afford mobile data and mobile phones

We will also work together with online shopping and delivery companies to purchase and deliver the mobile phones to the girls and teachers  while keeping safe during this lockdown

We shall also follow up on the girls progress through video conferencing with the teachers and girls and through online group discussions on zoom, whatsapp, one on one calls and texts

e-learning development and training for Students, and  teachers in Primary and Secondary School and Secondary.

The core idea for this project, is to enhance learners, to appreciate the use of information technology, tools and knowledge in their learning, research and project works, while getting facilitation from their teachers. In this we anticipate high performance and better work performance and ethic when they are out of schools.

The main target audience, are school pupil from Primary On to Primary seven, Secondary school students from Senior one to senior six. We have a complement of technical institute that will benefit for this project too in their technical learning. Teaching staff are to be trained too, so as to facilitate the teaching and learning.

in the implementation plan see attached table below.

E-learning development staff development.

Implementation plan

1. Refurnish the 108 classrooms with reverent teaching materials between 15th/06/15th 2020-07/2020.

2. Testing of the system in 7 schools between 22nd/06/2020- 24th/07/2020 .

3. Training of 158 teachers on the project, in between 27th/07/2020-7th/08/2020

4. Training of the 1611 pupils, 960students  between 10th/08/2020-28th/08/2020 on usage of computer technology and visual technology.

5. Commissioning of the project in 7  schools between 30th/07/2020-28th/08/2020.

6. Mid year project  evaluation of the project  30th/11/2020-18th/12/2020 15 all aspect of the project evaluated.

7.Report on the mid year projects 21st/12/23/2020

8. Improvement on the project. 11th/01/2021-22nd/01/2021 on the Risk and variance identified in the mid period clear mitigated plan in in all schools

9. Refresher training for 158  teaching staff on variance in the any learning teaching gap in between 25th/01/2021-29th/01/201

10. Refresher training to 960, Students  and 1611 pupil 1st/02/2012-12/02/2021 on usage of computer technology and visual technology.

11. Continue Monitoring on the project 11th/01/2021-16th/04/2021.

12.End of project evaluation  19th /04/2021-30th/04/2021.

13. End of project report1st-7th/05/2021

Emergency funding request to covid-19 crisis

Our Application is as you know our country above 260 affected and 5 death peoples by covi-19. covid-19 is pandemic and its dangerous disease. Enihofikir humanitarian and developmen torganization ready to work about covid-19 crisis. Our organization goal is give facemask , sanitize ,alcohol , hand washing soap to peoples and we make food bank to help poor peoples like pasta , macaroni ,rice , barley, wheat , oiletc until covid-19 over. it is difficult time for our population because mostly our population are poor . we need emergency grant to help our population. Please support as our organization. Thank you to read this applications due to keep your times.

Enhancing Education with Advanced Technology and Connectivity The project idea is to invest in advanced technology, like telescopes, to enhance the practical learning aspect of our curriculum and to build an interest in astronomy in our 800 young students who attend our Dhangada school, which is the only Hoste Hainse school with Wifi. We will be pairing the telescopes to the computers for a well-rounded and deep technological education. Once we have the computers and telescopes ready, we will collaborate with the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) to provide training to the Hoste Hainse teachers. The teachers will then be able to run classes for their students. Our 3rd-10th grade students will attend these lessons, which are to be held once a week. Through this project, we will be able to give the students quality education that expands on their extensive theoretical knowledge. The students will be utilizing manuals and videos to aid them in using the telescopes. They will also be experimenting with different computer science softwares, mapping programs, and more. They have spent their lives simply learning from books, but this will allow the students to understand, experience, and analyze the celestial bodies with their own eyes and hands.
Enhancing Menstrual Health among Rural ommunitis in Kisoro District and Neighborhood

The project is being implemented by Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO) under Seasons For Women initiative, in Kisoro district, Southwestern     Uganda, adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, a well-known tourism attraction and home of rare mountain gorillas. The project started in February 2018 after thorough observations of the challenges faced by young women and girls in the area and in Uganda as a whole, but especially in rural areas.

It aims at providing solutions to feminine hygienic challenges through making affordable reusable sanitary pads. It trains women and girls from low income families to learn skills on how to make the reusable pads. This not only contributes to the saving culture on the money that would be spent while buying the pads but also creates an enabling environment that will in turn improve girls’ school attendance and academic performance in Kisoro the District.

Female students face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation. For girls who are menstruating, these problems are compound of the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary towels as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year, meaning their performance in class is affected and sometimes even drop out of school all together.   This is an added challenge that lead to the high dropout rate of female students in primary and secondary schools.

 The project will mitigate the following challnges:

•  Higher expenses on commercial sanitary pads

•  Hygienic ways to dry menstrual materials.

•  Inadequate waste disposal facilities.

•  Lack of privacy for changing menstrual materials.

•  Leakage from poor quality protection materials.

•  Limited Education about  the fact of menstruation

•  Limited access to counseling and guidance.

•  Fear caused by cultural myth and

•  Embarrassment and low self esteem

Enhancing Online Learning Using the Nabisunsa eLearning Platform

Problem: Ugandan schools were sent home due to COVID-19. Schools have responded in various ways such as using WhatsApp for discussions, printing holiday work and/uploading packages on their school website. Whatsapp, while easy to communicate does not organize study effectively.

Nabisunsa Girls School set up a fully-fledged eLearning Platform where students work is uploaded. In its 45 days of existence, this platform has served over 7,000 students from different parts of Uganda, with figures rapidly growing. While students are able to download holiday work, there is limited interaction between the teacher and the learner oer the platform. We want to improve interaction and instruction. These cannot easily be achieved because some students have limited skill since they are only recently introduced to an eLearning Platform

The idea is to support students to use the Nabisunsa eLearning Platform for learning.

1) Provide Internet data to 8 teachers to be able to upload more notes and questions as well as attend to students support learners

2) Develop 4 videos to guide students, parents, in using the platform  and teachers to upload content

3) Facilitate 2 people to register and support students

We target secondary students from all over Uganda

From Blanket food distribution to Elctronic Food Voucer Blanket Food distribution is among the interventions the government and other institutions are using to buffer low income, marginalized, and vulnerable populations from hunger during the hard economic times. However, Distribution sites have been identified as a hotpots for coronavirus spread. This is because there is a clear lack of appropriate measures that have been put in place to protect the beneficiaries. There has been a clear lack of social distancing enforcement, hand-washing stations, and crowd control mechanism during blanket food distribution exercises. Besides, there have also been a lot of fraud cases in food distribution.The main project idea is to develop an Electronic Food Voucher system to support food assistance by government and NGOs. The target audience for the project is population in informal settlements and local food vendors. The Electronic Food voucher platform shall be made available to organizations providing food aid. The platform shall manage beneficiaries data and track redemption process. Beneficiaries will be able to receive a unique SMS code on their phones and redeem with the local vendor they will be directed to. The Electronic Food Voucher SMS shall be part of a larger package of COVID-19 awareness communication, delivered to beneficiaries. As result, physical distancing will betaken seriously. White circles drawn on the ground delineate the waiting spots in front of shops, people wear face masks and frequently wash and sanitize their hands.
HELP THE VULNERABLE

I want to help reduce the virus spread by providing essential workers with personal protective equipments like masks. I also plan to buy hand sanitizers for them .

I plan to equally provide some families with some. I want to give a bag of rice some other non perishable food  to about 100 homes. I will invite some friends from astronomy club in cameroon to help me distribute these items.

Helping Teachers to Use Open Discussion Forums E-Learning Infrastructure to Teach Physics and Mathematics to High School Students

In the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, switching to online platforms would help to combat the scourge by maintaining social distancing since person-to-person physical interactions would be minimized. I would like to train a few select high school physics and mathematics teachers on how to prepare and deliver lessons via TSSFL ODF. These subjects directly contribute to astronomy for development goals since they are the foundations of applied sciences and technologies which greatly impact everyday societal transformations for sustainable development.

ODF provides an environment in which all important aspects of the various forms of technology-assisted learning can be seamlessly achieved. The platform offers cohesive and effective STEAM teaching opportunities (by recognizing the intersections of art, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to deal with the current reality, however, motivating and contributing to the significant problem-solving skills, innovations, and preparedness towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Specifically:

1) Teaching using TSSFL ODF infrastructure will reduce costs and increase performance by offering anytime, anywhere distributed learning opportunities. Actually, the forum makes it possible for a single instructor to teach a certain course to students situated in multiple schools. With TSSFL ODF, collaborative planning, teaching, and learning management are very convenient.

2) TSSFL ODF will digitally offer a high-quality e-learning environment to foster and aspire learning transactions in a consistent and reliable fashion toward an efficient, effective, appealing, engaging, and inspiring acquisition of knowledge.

The delivered materials will be publicly accessible, and it is my hope that this project will stimulate and establish an impactful take-off of technology-assisted learning in Tanzania and Africa in general in order to make it a standard model in our learning institutions.

Impact of COVID-19 on educational sector

As the whole  world is badly suffering from COVID-19, we planned to do a survey on impact of COVID-19 on different socio- economic factor and planing for awareness activities. For this we take Mahendra Bhrikuti Secondary school (community school) as a focal point and its catchment area is main survey area.  we are giving maximum priority to a school because if we educate a student he/she will educate whole society.

As mentioned above Mahendra Bhrikuti is a focal point of this program, main target group is students,parents and the society which belongs to this school i.e.around 1000 families of Lalitpur Municipality ward no. 13 will be the targeted group of this survey.

The result of any plan is depends upon its implementation. To make a effective survey which may be fruitfull for authorised agencies school will fully support this program for various information regarding to students, parents and other society members. Capable And well experienced teaching staff of Mahendra Bhrikuti will Participate in this program, which will be key for sucess.

After the completion of survey we will also conduct awareness activities by using different tools of ICT, poster, pumplets which make the people aware from COVID-19.

We also hope the survey and report of this project will be beneficial for local government for their planning.

Improving Efficiency In Student Recruitment and Record Management At National Teachers’ College Kaliro

This project will introduce an online application and record management system at National Teachers’ College, Kaliro. The prospective students, college leadership, staff and partners will benefit from this project; taking full advantage of technology. Our ultimate goal is to enhance efficiency in the management of students’ records.  Therefore:

Step 1: Commissioning of the Project. The first step in achieving the project goal is by identifying at least 5 staff with strong analytical and documentation skills. The team will include a senior manager and some other staff passionate of digitization in NTC Kaliro.

Step 2: Selection of service provider. The appointed team will liaise with the concerned committee at College to solicit and identify a reliable service provider.

Step 3: Needs assessment .This will mean the service provider coming up with system requirements with the assistance of the project team. The information contained in the needs assessment report will be used by the service provider for developing a prototype of the system.

Step 4: Registering the sub-domain name and paying for hosting. The domain name could be www.admissions.kaliro.ac.ug.  By registering this domain name, the service provider will be kept on its toes and thus working with the end in mind.

Step 5: Testing. Once the prototype is out, it will be tested. Testing is done to ensure that it is as effective as it is envisaged to be. In case the system has any bugs, it will be debugged.

Step 6: Going Live. Once bugs have been fixed in the prototype, it will be deployed for the consumption of the target group. To that effect a press release will be published and the application link publicized on the College website and social media.

Step 7: Maintenance. Maintaining the system as well as the website once it is up and running is a longer-term challenge. The website will require to be updated on a regular and timely basis. This website will be managed by a designated and committed ICT

Imtihanat (Arabic word mean Exams)

This project aims to create an online platform offer educational materials such as videos, lectures and exams questions  for secondary and primary school’s students in Libya. Those materials will help students to self-study during the lockdown of schools. In addition, lessons and interactive activities will be provided in the website. Furthermore, when students start go to school, teachers can use lesson’s plans and class activities – which will be uploaded to the website-, that encourage cooperative learning, develop critical thinking and STEM learning.

All materials will be available on a website ( e.g, www.imtihanat.ly). Students & teachers can download it freely. Also, a soft copy will be distributed to the regional centers of partner organization that want to cooperate with this project. This can beneficial for refugees and displaced students who do not have internet access.

There are many educational materials on internet, but what we aim to offer is a series of coherent interactive activities and videos Consistent with student’s book topics. Those material will help teachers in classrooms or self-study at home.

We have questions bank based on MCQ that we will build intractive exams similar to Primary and Secondary School Certificate Examination. This will encourage students visit the website and use other useful materials as well.

We aim to expand the website to offer materials for all stages of education in primary and secondary, not just the graduation stages.

Imtihanat (Arabic word mean Exams)

This project aims to create an online platform offer educational materials such as videos, lectures and exams questions  for secondary and primary school’s students in Libya. Those materials will help students to self-study during the lockdown of schools. In addition, lessons and interactive activities will be provided in the website. Furthermore, when students start go to school, teachers can use lesson’s plans and class activities – which will be uploaded to the website-, that encourage cooperative learning, develop critical thinking and STEM learning.

All materials will be available on a website ( e.g, www.imtihanat.ly). Students & teachers can download it freely. Also, a soft copy will be distributed to the regional centers of partner organization that want to cooperate with this project. This can beneficial for refugees and displaced students who do not have internet access.

There are many educational materials on internet, but what we aim to offer is a series of coherent interactive activities and videos Consistent with student’s book topics. Those material will help teachers in classrooms or self-study at home.

We have questions bank based on MCQ that we will build intractive exams similar to Primary and Secondary School Certificate Examination. This will encourage students visit the website and use other useful materials as well.

We aim to expand the website to offer materials for all stages of education in primary and secondary, not just the graduation stages.

Kitchen Garden Project This project will set up kitchen gardens at 20 households of elderly people. The vulnerable beneficiaries and their caregivers will be identified with the help of local council leaders. Thereafter, the community leaders and the beneficiary households will be sensitized about kitchen gardening and the benefits which come with it as well as their role in ensuring its success. The agricultural inputs like seeds, fertilizers, sacks and garden tools will be purchased and supplied to the households. The project officer will liaise with community leaders to set up and monitor kitchen gardens at each household.
Knowledge in minutes Because of the spread of lies and hooligans related to space sciences on social media and other websites in the middle east by those who are not specialized, I would like to create a YouTube channel to address most of the fallacies which face Arab societies. My scientific career qualifies me to give the public, who speak Arabic, correct and valuable information in the Astronomy field with scientific references since I am a Jordanian Ph.D. student at the Astronomy Department at Eötvös Loránd University in my third year. The aim of the project is to create a conscious generation capable of differentiating between real scientific content and deceptive content. I would start with short videos but valuable and not boring.
LEARNING ASTRONOMY FROM MY DADDY’S MOBILE PHONE

Covid-19 has resulted to a lot of challenges including loss of opportunity for children to study. Most children are at home now.  Not all parents/guardians can teach or even emphasize their children based on education. This is because some parents/guardians are busy with the day to day socioeconomic activities. Children are left with only house maids who are busy with extra domestic works.

Astronomy is one of the best subjects to teach children.

They will explore nature and enjoy it.  Using their parents’mobile phones, the project will organize some digital learning via whatAp,  messenger,  Skype,  planetarium software,  video,  direct calls and the like.  Lectures will be given and questions given.

Children will post some related pictures e.g the sun,  planet,  moon. A link of whatAp will be created to register for online classroom. The project will educate,  inspire,  motivate and create studying skills and methods related to astronomy. It will in one way meet the need of parents to see their children studying while at home. The project is assumed to trend for at least two months.  However,  with funds available later on,  the project may be extended for every vacation when children are back for holidays.

Learning from the stars about Mother Nature

COVID-19 has sent a strong signal that humanity has fallen out of balance with Mother Nature, especially the animal kingdom.

 Many stellar objects, constellations and asterisms  are named after animals both in European and Indian languages. For eg. Aries-Winged ram,  Pisces- Fish, Leo-Lion, Taurus-Bull, Cancer-Crab, Scorpio- Scorpion etc.

We are also aware of naming at least three galaxies and six nebulae named after warm blooded vertebrates, including Horsehead nebula, Cat’s Paw  Manatee, Squid Nebula etc.

Aquila constellation is sometimes associated with the eagle that held Zeus. Bootes is one of the ancient Greek constellations meaning ‘the oxen-driver’.Camelopardalis is another constellation meaning Giraffe. Canis Major one of the Greek consteallations which represents Bigger Dog.

From time immemorial, we have been giving importance to ‘Game sanctuaries (protected animal bastion)’, ‘Devarakadu’ which is plant and animal life totally untouched by humans.

This  reminds us of the animal kingdom of our planet and the importance of respecting them.

But man’s greed has made him cross all these barriers for his selfish needs. He kills animals of all kinds and enjoys them as food. In the recent times he has been ruthless in feeding himself with such dangerous and wet species that has caused health hazards and led to dangerous virus spread leading to pandemic situation namely Covid-19.

Time has come to create and awareness in people’s minds to limit ourselves when dealing with animals and keep ourselves in safer limits.

 Astronomy plays a key role in bringing about the healthy practices as it is more accessible to people of all ages especially children. It is used as a tool to achieve this goal.

This will be an outreach program for increasing people’s awareness of the role humans play and the responsibility we hold towards Mother Nature using Astronomy

Lunar Caravan

“Lunar Caravan” will connect the general public to various scientific and aesthetic experiences and highlight the integration that is taking place in the understanding of humanity as a planetary community through process and research practices.

It will be led by an international team of artists, scientists and administrators and individuals and groups throughout the world can participate regardless of age or demographic association.

The project will focus on the myriad circumstances that affect viewing our natural satellite in rural and urban environments: the cycles of the Moon itself and our proximity to it, what natural or man-made obstacles prevent us from full sight access, the effects of light pollution in different locations, the presence (or lack thereof) of clouds, varying weather patterns, fires, etc.

The main focus of the work is both the research and experiential process of creativity that the viewer engages in. Establishing a number of interactions across arts and sciences that build on our experiences of the world, is not only paramount to the success of the project, but is also very important to us as project founders.

Over the duration of two months, participants in/from various locations will create a journal: gathering data and participating in both individual and collaborative artistic and scientific exercises and activities centered around their experiences of and with the Moon. The participant will share basic biographical, geographical and demographic information to allow for project organizers to collate.

Journals will be arranged in a data visualization fashion around each task and data collected will then be compared, contrasted and analyzed as a collective. Various activities and exercises will be directly related to astronomical events occurring globally, including moon phases, eclipses and other significant/notable occurrences.

Mass Production of Safe and Reusable Fabric Face Masks for 500 Rural Women

This project aims to provide safe and reusable Fabric face masks for 500 less privileged women in Ekiti State, Nigeria. With Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for face masks has skyrocketed and sadly, this has led to a soar in the retail prices of all types of face masks. These prices are way beyond the reach of an average woman in the rural parts of Nigeria. Since the country started battling community spread of Covid-19, it is highly imperative that common people on the street wear face masks in order to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Also, in recent times, the high demand for face masks has led to a depletion of Hospital grade Face masks such as the N95 Face Masks, which should have been left for the frontline health workers’ use.

As a Fashion Entrepreneur, based in Ekiti State, my firm has been into the design and production of very safe and reusable fabric face masks which have been hailed to be very effective in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

I am able to produce 500 face masks to be distributed to 500 less privileged women across Ekiti State. This will go a long way to help reduce the community spread of Covid-19 as well as reduce the strain on the hospital grade face masks, thereby, safeguarding the health and lives of our fearless frontline health workers.

I am an Astronomy enthusiast, and as such, I derive my inspiration for this project from the commendable act of OAD in providing help during this Covid-19 pandemic across the world at a time like this. This effort will project the OAD as being in the fore front in global provision of relief to the less privileged. There will be data and video report of the distribution of the face masks and a talk on OAD as the sole sponsor of this very commendable effort in Ekiti State.

Multi-Patient Ventilation System The corona virus pandemic (covid-19) has shaken up our world in a way we’ve never seen before. While the scientific community is trying their best in finding a vaccine, we as a group of engineers has been working on a prototype which helps on treatment of covid-19 patients.
Nkeva Connect

Overcrowding in small town is a risk to the lives of the people who have to visit these congested village centers and conduct their business. Decentralizing online services and skills workshops by bringing them into the community will reduce the risk of exposure. Job hunting is the main activity for many and sending/receiving emails is still a challenge, although  they have smart devices in some cases. We will have an cyber center with well spaced out cubicles with computers. We will offer access for community members to these online services.

Many have lost jobs as a direct consequence of COVID-19, for them the cyber center will be a platform to explore the online world and discover tools to upskill themselves in order to take advantage of the opportunities that come with every disaster.

In addition to the online services offered to keep the lights on through, printing binding internet services etc. We will facilitate groups of 20 participants and introduce online learning. We will split them into  groups and they will work on a programming/coding project. This will introduce them over a day to basic html/css/sql/php concepts and hopefully inspire the community members to continues to create tools that will benefit not only on the day. The 20 will be made up of four people from each of the wards. All the protocols that will protect the facilitators and participants from COVID-19 will be observed. We will have sanitizer at arms reach. all work stations will be adequately spaced. Those in groups will be sharing screens but not any of the components that will be used. All equipment and surfaces will be kept sanitized. There is a 14 primary schools, 7 high schools and a TVET college within a 20km radius from our premises. These learners and students will benefit greatly to an introduction to coding that will give them an edge in their career choices in the 4IR.

Nkomazi Mathematics and Science Centre We are identifying and nurturing young people’s talent and potential in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by conducting advocacy campaigns, both in primary and secondary schools, motivating and encouraging learners to participate in Mathematics and Science competitions like Olympiads, quizzes etc to test learner’s basic knowledge in MST subjects and award prizes to learners showing excellent knowledge of their subjects. We are promoting science literacy among the youth and the population in general by encouraging the youth to participate in projects like Science Expo, Aqua Enduro, Scientific debates etc. and also participate in NSW activities by engaging the public on issues involving science in their immediate communities. We are enhancing learner participation and performance in STEM by conducting both recommended and prescribed experiments for both learners and educators and also revise previous question papers. We are also providing young people with career education, particularly related to STEM by inviting  captains or managers of industries from the local community to talk about their STEM related careers and bursary opportunities and also do industrial site visits.
OAD Extruding Machine – Recycling waste plastic Waste plastic is a golden oppertunity. By up-cycling plastic the impact on the enviroment is lessened, as plastic is removed from the waste stream, The injection moulding machine are typical used to manufacture from 3d-printer filament to structural beams.
OAD Shredding Machine – Recycling waste plastic The Precious Plastics based shredder is used to prepare recycled plastic for further processing. The target audience is SAAO personnel and schools.  The open source plan’s need to be ammended to South African sourced material (thickness of SS plate).
One Light Fixture, One Bright Future

The project has designed to address the socio-economy in the COVID-19 scenario.

3D printing for light fixtures: Pakistan, like other developing countries, is way too much effected via COVID-19 than developed countries, and the lockdown has destroyed most of the lighting industry in Pakistan, and this is a right time to introduce light pollution awareness in the city like Karachi famous as (The City of Lights)  with practical products which can help in reducing light pollution, to the masses. In the project, 3D printers will produce light fixtures ideally shielded designed to minimize light pollution for low-income people to sell them at local communities more specifically, the low life area and slums of the city like Karachi. This will not only create some job opportunities but also, will introduce new technology to the masses and the government to adopt for the future.

Our Home in Space

I intend to make a video entitled Our Home in Space – this will help children and whoever watches it understand some fundamentals about our Planet Earth. Our place on the Earth, and how that makes everyone Special. Our place in the solar system, and its origin. We have a duty of care to our home in space, to each other and to all the creatures we share this planet with. We need to strive to be the best we can be. Educate ourselves and others about our special home.

The video will be simple, involving me drawing and at the same time telling the story of our solar system. The Earths place within it, how unique and special our home actually is.

The video will encourage watchers to draw our sun and our planet in space. Relate our sun to the food we eat, the beauty of the world, the gift the sun / Earth system gives us every day of our lives.

When our star “The Sun” was born that was the beginning of the potential for humans to exist. Over millennia the galaxy we now live in evolved. Millions of years passed before we became a viable species. Now we are here and have been for a very long time. Except we seem to have forgotten how to be in harmony with the planet and the star that gives us life. A focus on the Earth and what it offers us for all our lives. Air, Water, Energy, Beauty, Peace, Inspiration, Relaxation. All without a spacesuit or special living equipment until 2020.

Our Home in Space

PICTOR is an open-source radio telescope that allows anyone to observe the radio sky, using its convenient web platform for free. It consists of a 1.5-meter parabolic antenna that allows anyone to make continuous and spectral (i.e. hydrogen line) drift-scan observations of the radio sky in the 1300~1700 MHz regime for free, without any registration or exposure to advertisements.

While PICTOR is currently intended for observing the 21 cm hydrogen line and detecting unique spiral arms in our galaxy, we hope to expand its capabilities in terms of hardware, so that it can detect other interesting celestial objects of the radio sky, including pulsars.

Poultry seed Project under Mgahinga Seed Multiplication Farm Poultry Seed Project is a community based project that was conceptualized by three passionate, committed and enthusiastic social entrepreneurs. The project was set up to promote the creation of jobs, women and youth empowerment, economic development and poverty alleviation. It features key stakeholders such as the youth and women, members and workers of the project, customers, suppliers and the wider community. The project will specialize in the production and sale of eggs and for meat. The project essentially purchases ‘ready to lay’ pullets and are raised through their productive cycle. Since the project is underway we intend to scale it up for big harvest.
Povision of hand washing stations orPPE to schools/universities which are operating/about to operate

Presently, the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak has affected schools in Uganda and the number of affected students stands at 15 million, the highest on the east African region. We intend to reach 114 institutions in the area to ensure that the spread of the pandemic is contained among the institutions through the provision of hand washing or PPE to those institutions

We envisage the project run until the spread is contained.

Project plan

1. Visiting the institutions informing them on what we intend to do in order to contain the virus spread and taking not of the number of person in the institution.

2. Procurement, delivery and installation of the PPEs to institutions, teaching and demonstrating out on handling of the PPEs by the students and person around the institutions.

3. Checking on institutions to ensure that there are sufficient PPEs in the institutions for the persons there

Preventing corona virus in Cameroon This project is aim at helping farmer in the village of kumbo ,be aware of the dangers of covid 19 and how to prevent it spread
Preventing the spread of corona virus through sensitizing The project is aim at sensitising the population of the danger of covid 18,and how it can be prevented, with material like soap and hand sensitiser  distributed to the population
Prevention of COVID-19 contamination in rural secondary school (Missolé region/Cameroon): use of astronomy as a tool of sensitization

Core project idea

In Cameroon, despite government efforts, the Covid-19 pandemic remains an utopian disaster for population in rural zone especially. This situation is mainly caused by an insufficient communication medias. It is therefore urgent to sensitize and provide basic equipment to prevent a catastrophe. The objective of this sensitization is to aware population on: the risk of the covid-19 pandemic and more the importance to preserve our planet through astronomy. Indeed, astronomy reveals us that the Earth is among other a wonderful and unique planet. Nowadays, OAD proves that it is possible for all to discover more universe; to create this new passion on youth  and give them to love, preserve their planet.

Target audience

This project focuses on students, teachers and administrative staff of the  Government Bilingual High School (GBHS) of Missolé region (Littoral-Cameroon)

Implementation plan

The project will implement in three phases:

-1st phase: Equipment acquisition: hand washing stations, Personal Protective Equipment (masks, hand sanitizers), flyers

NB: this equipment will be customized with astronomic pictures.

-2nd phase: sensibilization (conferences in classrooms on the importance of astronomy for our country development and the impact of covid-19)  and distribution of the equipment

-3rd phase: material recycling for cleaning school environment

Providing effective and efficient information to curve the spread and the effects of Covid-19 pandemic on the Karamojong pastoralists Fighting the Covid-19 pandemic is dependable on the quality of information given to the masses. Much as the country has tasks Force at all levels, from national to sub county, many pastoralists and the entire community of Karamoja are yet to get more information on Covid-19. This has motivated me to close the gap through giving information on radios, public address systems, flyers, billboards, social media etc. I intend to buy FM radios to the pastoralists to first hand information through the radio stations. The business community need not to run out of business, I intend to share with them how to cope up with the pandemic during and after the lockdown. Given my background in Business Administration, I am convinced I will rescue my people out of the situation
Providing Hand washing facilities and Personal Protective Equipments to schools and Universities which are operating/about to operate

This project will target students, teachers and the local communities.

Well, the students here in Uganda are in the lock down and are expected to report very soon. However, the facilities for protecting them are not in place.

Take an example of hand washing facilities, we don’t have any school with the facilitates that will help the students on their arrival.

we also have to provide the personal protective equipments to the teachers and the non teaching staff in order to avoid the spread of the pandemic.

Providing mobile data for teachers (Part A) and Providing hand – washing stations in schools (Part B)

We want to encourage students from both public and private schools and all grades to develop good hand-washing habits and good hygiene, to help stop/reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Ghana. In addition, we intend to provide free internet access to teachers to aid them in their preparation for school after the pandemic (when schools reopen in the country).

Core Project Idea and Target Audience: To promote hand-washing practices among students and teachers in basic and high schools in the greater Accra region of Ghana and to inspire teachers to conduct research by providing them with internet access.

Execution and Implementation: we are already in contact with teachers in some schools in Accra (7 schools-schools that were involved in the IAU schools project-most are public schools,including a deaf school) and their school heads. The schools have been informed about our intended project.They are excited about our proposal(survey link:https://forms.gle/vAgRygw1kQ1axAXT8 ), and believe it will aid in teaching and learning, once school reopen.

We will draw up a schedule of implementation of hand-washing stations with government advice prior to reopening of schools in the country. Once the hand-washing stations are implemented, we will hold a short session on the proper washing of hands and some basic hygiene practices. The patrons of the past project (IAU Astronomy club) have agreed to act as overseers of the hand washing stations, ensure the proper use and maintenance of the stations and also monitor the use of the hand-washing accessories. Most teachers have either laptops/mobile phones, so we intend to work with a mobile telecommunication network, say MTN Ghana; purchase a data package for teachers (for research etc). A monthly feedback form will be developed; to assess the usage of the mobile data and also find out how access to internet has impacted their teaching.

Schooling

Core project

✓ To teach children between the age of 3_8 during this pandemic

✓ To guide parents finding challenges in technology access,content creation and delivery.

Target audience

• children between the age of 3-8 years

• parents

Implementation plan

Sensitizing families about the effects of Covid 19 and how to keep safe

Distribute phones,books,pens,pencils,solar panels and their charging system to families.

Teach parents how to use them and connect parents to zoom and teach them how to activate it

Prepare lessons from our homes then connect parents into a zoom meeting following a clear timetable distributed

Seeds for planting

I have been growing food crops which includes,wheat Irish potatoes and cabbages which is sold  in the community,I a LSO,keep some seeds which is sold locally y to farmers on affordable prices.

I have been farming for long time and I have expertise needed,but currently,as a result of lock down,no funds for buying seeds and payment for labour as well as manure and pesticides.

sefty and astronomy We are doing astronomy for school children since 20 years now because of COVID 19 we couldn’t do anythings for our children since 3  months. Now we want to continue our activities differently by making social distancing, using sanitization of the event area.
Sky is the Limit

The project has two part and both are designed to address socio-economy in COVID-19 scenario.

3D printing for light fixtures: Pakistan, like other developing countries, is way too much effected via COVID-19 than developed countries, and the lockdown has destroyed most of the lighting industry in Pakistan, and this is a right time to introduce light pollution awareness with practical products which can help in reducing light pollution, to the masses. In the project, 3D printers will produce light fixtures for the low income people to sell them at local communities more specifically, low life area and slums of Karachi and Peshawar. this will not only create some job opportunities but also, will introduce a new technology to the masses and government to adapt for future.

Mobile Application & website:  Pakistan has no Mobile application and website in URDU language for 80% of Pakistani youth who can easily understand about not only the light pollution, but the greater impact of astronomy on lives of individuals, they would learn basic sciences, coming and current impact of astronomy in daily life, including agriculture, medicine, space, energy, technology , they will also learn dark sky navigations. In the worst condition of COVID-19 in the country like pakistan, where basic education for many has been stopped they can learn something more meaningful. This app will also guide them to new emerging technologies which doesn’t required any formal education.

SOLUTIONS TO COVID-19.

The project idea is Meeting the shortfall in masks / sanitizers/ protective equipments/ dissertationating hand washing facilities/ buckets of running water / detergents and soaps/ temperature measuring appliances/ degital learning / extraction kids / thermoflashes / Oxygen respirators/ purchase mobile data for students to access free education and buy hard copy materials to them/ Promote STEM education and raise awareness.

with almost 30 million Cameroonians in the midst of an uprecendented lockdown and the population of effective resumption of schools from 1st June 2020, I will bring my strength to come to the forefront to fight against COVID-19. About 99% districts / schools and population from the timeline of the cities to villages are in need and and lives are at stake. The whole economy is dying down and threatened with COVID-19 and hunger. l wish to support to provide the above materials to combat COVID-19 and hunger in this regards through my charity organization Books For Mbonteh Mbonteh. Books For Mbonteh Mbonteh started as a leap of faith and has proved to be an efficient resource in such difficult times. This organization is best known in supporting the poor / orphans / schools/ students/ churches/ old people/ disabled persons/ gender equality/ hospitals/ the sick/ and it’s work in building social capital and equality has paid off in spades.I will pay Taylors across the Nation to sew huge amounts of of masks. In addition l will contact the partially operating companies to make available huge amounts litters of sanitizers and hand washing machines and other mentioned equipments.

I will distribute these through hospitals / students (as a teacher) to give directly to their parents / and through the various Taylors spread over the country.

Since production is Decentralized these iteams will reach the widely-dispersed populations without the need for complex logistics and transportation.

STEM Online

The objective of this project is to improve the lives of public and private youths in Port- harcourt, by teaching them the right skills for jobs including greater opportunities in STEM fields to youths in the community.

Strategy

EduSTEM uses a unique methodology to educate, encourage, and empower youths to pursue STEM careers: STEMX curriculum. Our STEMX initiative embodies the diversity in applications within STEM fields; STEM can be applied to various impactful and meaningful careers such as political science, art, literature, and entrepreneurship. EduSTEM often runs workshops exploring the intersections of how STEM can be used through a multi-faceted approach. Through our STEMX initiative, we hope to develop youth leaders from minority backgrounds in a diverse multitude of fields,  empowered with the knowledge that STEM can be used for social good in any of their career paths.

Stop Covid-19 pandemic  for orphans and disabilities persons in Dschang, a rural zone from  West- region, Cameroon: astronomy as a new passion

In Cameroon, the Covid-19 pandemic has a negative effect on economic activities.  Disabilities centers and orphanages which are mainly funded by donations and their personal investments are really affected by the decreasing of commercial activities.  The YBCD (Youth Blind Center of Dschang) center and CIBAEEVA  orphanage which are located in Dschang (a rural community in West region, Cameroon), are concerned by this situation.

It is therefore urgent to provide to this population group a material support to prevent Covid-19 contamination and to give them necessary needs during this lockdown period.

This project intend to provide protective equipment (hand washing stations; masks, hand sanitizer) and some necessary nutrients (rice, milk, cooking oil).

The implementation will be done in two phases:

the 1st phase will be to meet the administrators of each center for presenting our project

the 2nd phase will consist of buy and distribute donation

Stop the COVID-19 In My Community & My Country

Stop the COVID-19 in My Community & My Country

The main idea here is to Educate my community about dangers & mortality of Covid-19. The truth is that people in my municipality (about 100,000) have lost faith in the government because of what they gone through from the government and as such do not take heed to their laid down measures to combat covid 19. So, if I don’t rise up and bring the awareness to them, sooner we will all be victims. That is why I decided to target the most vulnerable:

1) the Elderly —aged and 2) The Kids and street children who don’t have shelter.

Implementation Plan.

1) bring awareness to them by broadcasting educative lessons via local Radio & TV station in the Native Language. 2) Provide hand washing stations to the whole community at market squares, hospitals, schools & churches.

Given the circumstances in some parts of the community, this will be done from door to door.

With enough money, the kids who have not seen the classroom for long now can receive lessons on radio.

I also intend to provide internet data to the youths to keep them informed about the covid19.

Recommended cloth material by the health practitioners will be used also to make local face mask by a team of tailors I intend to set up. This will then be distributed to the whole municipality.

All of these will a team of volunteers and Red Cross personels I will call up from the different villages in municipality. I will carefully monitor this & I am planning for implementation period of 2weeks. (7 villages -7teams each of 10 persons)

I wish you select my project and let us save the world. Thanks sincerely

Supply of Hard Copy Materials for Students without Internet Access

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the near-total closures of schools, universities and colleges.

In the article by Dr Tawanda Chingozha,” Rethinking our future- Understanding the economic and social impacts of Covid 19” (UNDESA) webinar he points out that, As governments mull how best to save the academic year for pupils, some have advocated for continued and wide scale online schooling for learners – yet the majority of schools may not have the required technological facilities. Inequality does not only exist laterally across schools as some students may not have computers, phones and even an internet connection at home.

The above situation is similar to Uganda’s situation. Although the minister of education announced an impressive innovation of on line lesson delivery, not many students have accessed and benefited from the program due the lack of technological equipment and internet data and electricity in the rural areas..

The Minister of education and sports recently called upon all stake holders to support in the supply of reading materials to all students as government has not supplied 100%.

 The independent newspaper quotes that learning materials that had been supplied are inadequate in relation to the large number of learners. Even the district does not have a budget to facilitate distribution. 

So I wish fill the gap by supplying 3000 hard copy materials to secondary students S1-6 without access to internet in the districts of Ngora, Kumi and Bukedea not served by the ministry of education and sports to keep  the students’ mental health  in balance. 

I have the soft copy of the National Curriculum Development Council material so I will print/photocopy and supply. This will be done in two weeks.

I will work with the Ngora District Covid 19 logistical task force on education committee to safely supply study materials to all the targeted students so that they stay home and study safe .

The hybrid solar eclipse monument adventure during during covid -19 lockdown uganda Learning and information got by school going age children at the Hybrid Solar Eclipse monument at Owiny Primary school.the radio will be used to pass on the knowledge which the students were getting by touring the eclipse monument.
The printing of the magazines. Composition

Im a student in Cosmology, Extra Galactic Astophysics,  in an Observatory plus an University and I have created a magazine that is a focus in Visual Plastic Scientific Arts and Astro physics.

And I do internships.

Why ?

As these are extremely interesting topics and as the process is experimental, it is really cool and, in my opinion, logical, to create a support to expand the results of my research, to devellop and document and pictured all that.

Maybe are you interested to see how much iam passionate by that.  

So,If it’s the case you can find all my links by my timeline instagram.com/veronica.in.dream

First, my journey was so great, but when I was admitted to the Observatory in Paris in 2018, I was the victim of a breach of trust and discriminations.

My projects godmother suddenly blocked all the funds she granted to me to study and lives in Paris and access to my residence, and all my personal belongings in one night.

I first thought it was a prank!

More there https://www.patreon.com/InDream

TO BUILD AND DISTRIBUTE ASTRONOMY DEMONSTRATION MODELS /LEARNING TOOLS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET

The core project idea is to build some basic astronomy/science demonstration models; (armature optical telescope for night sky viewing, eclipse demonstration model, solar system, mapping the sky constellation, longitude/latitude, distance/light intensity measurement, Apparent size, Invisible light, Sun’s path/a Sundial and other astronomy-related demonstration models) to inspire the knowledge of STEM amongst secondary school students who do not have access to the internet.

The target audience is secondary school students and other science/astronomy enthusiasts who do not have access to the internet.

The implementation plan will involve the actual development of these models using appropriate machining tools and 3-D printing of some of the parts where applicable. Proper documentation on how these models are built, including parts and material sourcing from students’ immediate environment, will be provided to enable the students to replicate the design of the model(s) on their own.  There will be an experiment and question tracking documentation to enable students to answer some questions, make measurements, or carry out experiments using the model(s). This is to ensure more practical oriented engagements amongst the students. The implementation plan will also involve the distribution of these developed models as different packages to selected schools or settlement clusters. Different models with accompanying documentation will be distributed to different schools or clusters.

The implementation plan will also keep track of the name and location/address of the school or cluster and the particular model(s) that was/were delivered.

UX Astronomy

To provide videos released in online platforms for learning Astronomy in Innovative Methods, such as drawings, cosplay and composition of Astronomy Music.

Target Audience would be primary and high school students

Virtual Educators Workshop “All Things Space”

The core purpose of this project is to provide educators in the K-12 community tools and resources that will allow them to teach space and astronomy in their classrooms in the next school year. The workshops will be hosted live virtually during the summer, over 2hr segments. We envision providing 10 workshops in total between July and August. Each session will cover a different aspect of space exploration and will include (but not limited to) topics of Astronomy, Geology, Engineering, Geography. Half of the programs will be in English and the other half in French.

Our purpose in putting these virtual lessons is to provide teachers access to many resources of space and astronomy, find easy ways to introduce concepts around Space Science in their classroom at any age level. We will also highlight key missions and personnel that they can talk about in the context of diverse space professionals.

Virtual Planetarium

I own a Mobile Planetarium that travel around several provinces in Argentina, mostly where kids don t have  any access to the very few planetarium facilites existent in my country .

What is more, most of this students assist to public schools with scarce resources to make trips to fixed planetariums . Some of them never even visited  a movie theater.!

I work with my planetarium to make a living visiting schools. Now with the pandemic schools are closed, up to August to say the least. May be all year. So I am not working, and without any support or help from my Government any grants is welcome.

I want to use this grant to teach  students astronomy using on line resources, planetarium software, zoom, etc.

So my proposal is:

a) Gather with my school contacts teachers and students to run 10 zoom sessions to:

1) Deliver  on line planetarium shows

2) Inspire kids in this challenging times

3) Teach the valuable to do basic science at the light what the world is facing

4) Encourage and explain students how to install and use free planetariums programs like Stellarium, etc

5) Motivate people that must stay in their homes to star gaze and discover the beauty of the sky

6) Point to specific and interesting events like the passing of ISS, HST , Satlinks,  etc. How to watch them, where, what to expect, times, etc

7) Talk about several hot topics: exoplanets, the search of extraterrestrial life, new discoveries in the Solar System, next spaceships that will visit Mars, the ice giant moons, and other worlds.

8) Plans to return to the Moon, the Space Manned Exploration program, private space industry, what to expect, the future.

9) Ignite and sustain science and technology learning

10) help stargazers to understand the night sky

11)Provide guided sky tours

12) Help select binoculars or right telescopes

13) Try to make sense of our place in the Universe

14) Respond live questions

Water project

Core project idea:it intends to avail clean water used for sanitation and hygiene hence preventing covid by washing hands

Target audience: elderly people work can’t have sufficient water to use at home and have been affected by country lock down and curfew

Due to travel restrictions, aged people are ignored and can’t get water to even cook food

Implementation plan: -I will introduce this program to the community members in one week

-construction of water source is the underground water for next 3weeks

Training of water users for next 1 week

-Monitoring the of water source for the next 9 months

-report writing about the project to donors of the project (quarterly reports)

-commissioning of the project

Web based system that can help teachers deliver Learning materials to the students.

Assist students who went home and are unable to get learning materials during the lock down.

Sponsoring the needy students who cannot manage to access the learning tools like computers and internet.

In our project, we are targeting students, teachers and the local communities.

We are going to implement this by developing a Web based system and providing free data bundles to the students.

WiFi for Guyana

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools to close campuses and as a result, many students are left without opportunities to learn. Access to technology can mitigate this problem, with distance learning techniques. Yet, distance learning is a solution for students who are fortunate enough to have technological access and the parental support to continue learning. Most families do not have computers in Guyana and those who do are unlikely to prioritize the education of young students (ages 6-12) as much as they would older students. Of the students whose educational pursuits suffer from the pandemic, this demographic might suffer the most as a result.

We propose a solution of shipping children’s astronomy books to primary school teachers in Guyana to distribute to students whose parents might struggle (or choose not) to engage them in educational activities throughout the day. Reading books is a self-guided learning activity with no technological requirement that can occupy students for hours each day. Having already established a network of individual teachers who live on the Essequibo Coast and Demerara, we will send 100 books to 4 different primary school teachers. Each teacher will then ask parents to pick up a book from their school for the student.

Students often take math and science classes as required by the Ministry of Education in Guyana; however, astronomy is not part of the required curriculum in public schools. If students in this age range can learn about what they see in the sky, some of them might be inspired to continue learning and even pursue STEM careers. Increasing astronomy exposure can also increase the (non-existent) astronomy infrastructure in Guyana because it increases public interest in the subject. Our plan will not only introduce this previously unknown field to young students, it will also inspire them given its awe-inspiring attributes. Further, we will enable young students’ learning, despite regulatory school closures.