Phase 2 at refugee camps in Algeria

The below Press release was published by IAC

The second part of the project begins on Tuesday, October 15, in which an international team of astronomers and educators will travel to the refugee camps in Tindouf to carry out outreach activities with Saharawi students and teachers.

During their stay in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, the team will visit eight educational centers, also making astronomical observations and teacher training courses in scientific subjects and in the use of astronomy as a teaching tool. Each participating school will receive a donation kit with telescopes and educational resources provided by the IAU Office for the Dissemination of Astronomy, the Virgo international collaboration, the Cherenkov telescope network (CTA), the Grand Canary Telescope (GTC), the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) and Universe Awareness. 

Some of the materials have been translated into Arabic by the Algerian astronomical association Amnir and by the researcher of the Higher Council for Scientific Research Sarah Massalkhi, for better use of teachers.

Likewise, the project will study the Saharawi astronomical traditions and their own knowledge of heaven, with the aim of registering and making it known through different audiovisual products. The work carried out on the project will be documented by Brazilian filmmakers Felipe Carrelli and Demétrio Rodrigues.

The astrophysicists and educators of the GalileoMobile program who will travel to Tindouf are: Jorge Rivero González (International Astronomy Union and University of Leiden), Fabio del Sordo (University of Crete), Diego Torres (Brazilian Center for Scientific Research). Nayra Rodriguez Eugenio and Sandra Benítez Herrera, also a member of GalileoMobile and coordinator of the project, will participate in the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. 

In addition, the researcher in archeoastronomy and ethno-astronomy Andrea Rodríguez Antón and the delegate of the Polisario Front for the Canary Islands, Hamdi Ahmed Aomar, will accompany the team throughout the tour of the camps.