On 07 October 2017, Space Awareness Teachers and High-Level Workshop were held at United Nations Economic Center for Africa (UNECA) Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The event is being jointly organized by the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU-OAD), European Union Space Awareness project, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and the East Africa Regional Office of Astronomy for Development(EAf-ROAD).
The purpose of the workshop was to present and share resources that have been developed by the Space Awareness Project, to engage education stakeholders in discussion regarding these resources and establish a network of interested parties and to determine how such resources and related training activities can be best used and expanded on the African continent
The Space Awareness high level workshop was opened by His Excellency Prof. Afework Kassu, state minster of Ethiopian Minister of Science and Technology, and delivered an opening speech. He stressed the importance of space science outreach education and projects in stimulating youth in science and technology and vital to achieve the sustainable goals. He further added that the teachers training and exposure to space oriented events and educational materials will enhance teacher’s self-confidence in teaching and assist to produce students who will be attracted towards STEM fields. Invited speakers from Africa Union, EU Space Awareness Project and Euro planets were also made a speech on the event.
During the workshop world Space Week was also celebrated by poster exhibition which is prepared by different public and private school students under the theme ‘Exploring new worlds in Space
In the workshop representatives from African Union Commission Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, Director and staff of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, Staff of Ministry of Science and Technology, Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, Addis Ababa University, delegates of Euro planet, Representative of EU Space Awareness, director and project manager of the IAU Office of Astronomy for development, Coordinators of IAU Regional Offices of Astronomy for Development for Southern Africa, West Africa, East Africa, and the Arab World, members of the Ethiopian Space Science Society(ESSS) and the Space Generation Advisory Council(SGAC),Science teachers, students and coordinators of space-related clubs from Ethiopia, other distinguished individuals and stakeholders from universities and institutes in Africa and Middle East were presented.