Astronomy Clubs at Schools in Ghana

The Astronomy in Ghana project organized an instructors workshop, a 2-day workshop from 19 May to 21 May 2022 to train project team members. The team then carried out initial school visits from July to August 2022. The team presented the importance of Astronomy to Ghana to the students and teachers to inspire and build their interest in astronomy, including onboarding meetings with the head teachers to introduce the project. School astronomy clubs were formed, and a teacher was appointed as a club patron to ensure sustainability for each club. Schools visited were the EP Kekeli International school (Volta Region), Dormeabra Methodist School 2 (Greater Accra Region), Osu Presby Girls & Basic School (Greater Accra Region), St. Mary’s Anglican Basic School A (Central Region), Christ Church Anglican School (Central Region) and St. Martha’s Catholic Basic B (Central Region).

A 2-day patrons’ workshop for the school club patrons was organized from 31st August to 2nd September 2022 at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI). They were taken through practical teaching methods and activities to boost their confidence and enable them to run the astronomy clubs when they return to their schools. Each patron was given a teaching handbook and a WhatsApp platform was also created to communicate and assist the patrons. Currently, some of the patrons have started running the astronomy clubs. The project team members are yet to visit the schools to evaluate the astronomy club sessions.

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