Category Archives: Sub-Saharan Africa

Project Aims to Preserve Cultural Astronomy of Refugees in Uganda

Possible venue for focus group discussions

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 […]

Solar Learning Hub Installed in IDP Camp

Due to delays caused by COVID-19, the IDP Children’s Astronomy project was officially launched in February 2021. The team setup a solar powered learning hub which is a critical part of the project. This involved refurbishing an old shipping container and installing the solar panels, computer, smart tv, charging ports and others. On the day […]

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 […]

Overview: Astronomy in Ghana

Astronomy in Ghana

“Astronomy in Ghana” aims to visit various schools within three southern regions of Ghana (Greater Accra, Volta and Central Region) in order to set up school astronomy clubs. The clubs will teach astronomy through the use of talks, discussion and hands-on activities to foster practical problem-solving skills. Students will also be introduced to the diversity […]

Overview: SciGirls – Empowering girls in science through astronomy

Empowering girls in science through astronomy

The world faces a massive gender gap in science that is well documented (UNESCO UIS 2019). In Ethiopia, only ~ 13% of scientists are women, plus, girls avoid choosing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields mainly due to the lack of information and support. SciGirls project aims to improve in the long term the […]