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Outreach in Mozambique

SKA Fellow, Dr Valério Ribeiro of the Department of Astronomy at UCT, participated in Astronomy training for 15 Geography and Physics secondary school teachers at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo City, Mozambique from 20-22 September 2011. The project was funded by the Finnish - Mozambican partnership programme for Science and Technology. Dr Ribeiro was joined by counterparts from South Africa, Mozambique, The Netherlands and Portugal.

The training was part of the Galileo Teacher Training Programme (http://www.site.galileoteachers.org/), one of the cornerstone projects for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. This programme aims to train teachers in the effective use and transfer of astronomy education tools and resources into classroom science curricula. The days consisted of information lectures on basic astronomy (from our Solar System to the expansion of the Universe) and the building of Galileoscope telescopes. The Galileoscopes were handed over to the teachers to be used in their schools for astronomy activities and to help encourage and enthuse the next generation of scientists in Mozambique.

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