The Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers is a program held every two years in Africa – formerly WAISSYA (West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers). Organized and taught by a collaboration of international astronomers, the main goals of PASEA are to contribute in building a critical mass of astronomers across Africa. PASEA alumni are now attending graduate programs across the globe including in countries such as South Africa, UK, Canada, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Portugal, as well as serving as teachers, scientists and engineers at home their home countries.
At each summer school, there are approximately 60 undergraduate participants and 20 post-graduates, from across Africa. The following page provides information on both the undergraduate and post-graduate program:
The PASEA program is organized and taught by a collaboration of international astronomers, focusing on these major goals:
1. To empower West African students to pursue STEAM related subjects/courses and think scientifically about the world
2. To exchange ideas on education between West Africa and North America
3. To build a foundation for sustained astronomy partnership between West Africa, Canada, and the International community
4. To build a critical mass of astronomers in West Africa….
To achieve these goals, the innovative PASEA program is informed by research in science education: it focuses on developing instructors’ teaching practices, and on “inquiry based learning”, a paradigm in which students ask and investigate their own mini-research questions in small teams. We use research-based surveys and student reflections to measure student learning, and revise our curriculum for future summer schools based on the results. PASEA alumni are now attending graduate programs across the globe including in countries such as Canada, Portugal and Cameroon, as well as serving as teachers, scientists and engineers at home.
The 2022 PASEA Summer School will hold in Livingstone Gambia
Happy PASEA 2022 Summer School Year!!!
Please send in your applications.