Tactile Experience: An Astronomy Development Tool for the Blind and Visually Impaired

According to United Nations, education is meant for all and not limited to race, tribe or the disabled in the society. The project aims to ensure that people with special needs in our society are not left out of understanding basic astronomy, our universe and the solar system. This project proposes to take astronomy education to the blind and visually impaired undergraduate and post graduate students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The project will be executed with the guidance of special tutors using oral, pre-recorded audio, text readers and hands-on educational methods (tactile model) for a better understanding of the universe.
The project will be carried out with the help of the Centre for Basic Space Science- National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria (CBSS-NASRDA) and the Enugu State Ministry of Education. CBSS-NASRDA as an agency has seasoned scientists and some necessary educational materials that will help in this project as they host the IAU West African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (WAROAD). The Enugu State Ministry of Education will help in the printing of materials and logistics support for the project.
The duration of this project will be one week as it will be conducted in different phases, the project will borrow a leaf from previously executed projects in the past like a touch of the universe and amazing space tactile astronomy to ensure maximum output. This project will ensure the participants active
inclusion in space-related activities and STEM.