Astronomy Week in Benin

mobile astronomy village Benin activities

Under the OAD project, Mobile Astronomy Village in Benin, the astronomical clubs of Benin organized a week of activities from March 25 to April 1, 2022 in astronomy and space sciences. Several activities were carried out at the University of Abomey-Calavi and some primary and secondary schools in the cities of Porto-Novo and Adjarra. The scientific week not only discussed astronomy, but also the importance of science and enabled discussions with the teachers and students on the development of science and technology in Benin and the education system. Students were also able to make observations with a Bresser telescope from Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen.

To reach a wider audience, Prudence Ayivi, Director of Sirius Astro-Club Benin spoke on Radio Univers 108.00 FM, to talk about the development of astronomy and space sciences to the student community and its surroundings in Abomey-Calavi. Pide Ahanhanzo, national coordinator of astronomy in Benin, was invited on Radio Wèkè 107.00 FM.

The team encountered several challenges such as lower turnout in some schools, lower student participation in the university because of courses, reluctance of some teachers, and the lack of meeting spaces in some schools. Despite the difficulties, the project team was met with a very enthusiastic response from students and teachers. Schools are already interested in further visits by the project.