Category Archives: 2021

Project Trains Students Worldwide Using Astronomy Archival Data

Astrosprint is a follow up on the OAD funded project “Astronomy from Archival Data”, designed to engage and train undergraduate and postgraduate students during the pandemic when people were confined at home. The project had almost 1000 registrations from students belonging to almost 25 countries. Online sessions of 1.5 hours were conducted on weekends (Saturday […]

Project Aims to Preserve Cultural Astronomy of Refugees in Uganda

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The aim of this project is to gather indigenous cultural astronomy, such as local names of celestial bodies and their meanings in day to day lives, from the people at the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda. The project will catalogue and provide a formal structure for storing and sharing this knowledge. And it will […]

Astronomy and Upskilling at a Nigerian Prison

The Astro-prison project aimed to boost morale and create behavioural change among inmates at Nigerian prisons. It also wanted to provide practical job skills and improve literacy. was carried out in collaboration with CAPIO (Carmelite prisoners interest organization), Enugu State. The project was executed on 16, 17 and 20th of August, 2021. The planning of […]

Looking Back At 10 Years of the OAD

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In a new OAD video commemorating our 10th anniversary, the global Astro4Dev community look back at 10 years of OAD, talk about why they use astronomy and what it means to our world. During the course of 2021, we interviewed a few of the stakeholders and people involved in the work of the OAD in […]

External Review Panel Lauds OAD’s Work and Recommends Continuation

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The report from a recent external review of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has just been released to the public by the National Research Foundation. The review, covering 6 years of OAD operations, concluded with a commendation on the OAD’s work and a recommendation to renew its hosting in South Africa until 2027. […]