100 Hours of Astronomy under the Ethiopian Sky
The Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), in collaboration with the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS), East Africa Regional office of Astronomy for development (EA-ROAD) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have celebrated the IAU 100 Hours of Astronomy Celebration from 11-13 Jan 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During the three days different astronomical activities were conducted in school, observatory and public environments such as small astronomy and space science fair and inclusion exhibition , public lectures, stargazing and observatory visit were held.
In the 100 hours event all walk of life such as students from primary to tertiary level, peoples with visual and hearing disability and general public were engaged in the activities. Thus, ‘the 100 hours astronomy under the Ethiopian sky’ provided the perfect platform to give all members of Society the chance to come and look at the activities of the Institute, the Society, and the Union. The activities have given exposure to the recent developments which have taken place in the space science and technology sector in general and in Ethiopia in particular.
Inspiring Stars Exhibition and Inclusion Workshop
Inspiring Stars Exhibition and inclusion workshop was conducted on 03 January 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The exhibition and workshop are part of the global IAU 100 celebration project under the flagship of “astronomy for all”. It is organized in collaboration with Ethiopian Space science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), East Africa Regional office of Astronomy for Development (EA-ROAD), Kotebe Metropolitan University (KMU), Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS), Ethiopian Scientific and Academic Network(ESAN) and Ethiopian Educator without Border(EEWB 2018).
More than 200 audiences were participated; among these, the majorities were secondary school and university students with vision or hearing impairment who are attending special needs education. The workshop had a panel discussion about inclusive education in Ethiopia followed by inspiring star exhibitions. In the panel discussion the status of special need education in Ethiopia particularly in science, the existing challenges and the way forward were discussed.
On the exhibition, different tactile objects were used for visually impaired people to feel celestial bodies such as tactile of Venus and Moon. In addition, booklets with an imprint of celestial bodies were given to feel lunar craters, Eclipse, and our solar system. Moreover, different informational panels were also exhibited. The workshop mobilized stakeholders to assert inclusiveness and meaningful participation of all groups to make a lasting impact on inclusive culture.
The Inspiring Stars Exhibitions will be carried out along with IAU-100 years celebration which will be conducted through out the year in Ethiopia