NASE Teachers Training conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE), which is one of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) working groups under the Division C: Education, Outreach, and Heritage, in cooperation with Ethiopian Space Science Technology Institute (ESSTI)-Entoto observatory and research center(EORC) , Ethiopian Space Science society (ESSS) and East Africa Regional office of Astronomy for development(EAf-ROAD) , have jointly organized the ‘116 Astronomy and Astrophysics International Course NASE-IAU’ of teachers training program from 11-14 October 2018 in Addis , Ethiopia.
In NASE training there were a total of 60 people who were participated as trainee, trainers and volunteers. Among these 45 were trainees coming from regions and Addis Ababa, 8 were local trainers from ESSTI and ESSS, 2 international trainers from NASE-IAU and 6 volunteers from ESSS.
The main objectives of NASE training is to teach teachers about astronomy, to transmit accurate concepts regarding the issues addressed by astronomy, to provide the skills for teachers how to teach astronomy and to facilitate learning tools for teaching astronomy to secondary school teachers. Beside teaching teachers NASE aims in training a small group of teachers to become future trainers for giving courses to other teachers in their country and/or the region. NASE courses are an appropriate method to promote interest in science in general among young people due to the transverse character of astronomy and the easy motivation demonstrated by the students.
During the four days intensive training, teachers were able to learn a large number of physical and astrophysical phenomenon, laws and concepts of astronomy through practical teaching approach, by doing experiments and demonstrations using cheap and recycled materials which can easily obtained from their surroundings.
The training concluded through star gazing program at ‘Jan Meda’ Open field of Addis Ababa, and Visiting of Entoto observatory at Mount Entoto.