The West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA) is a program held every two years in West Africa. At each summer school, there are approximately 60 participants, mainly undergraduates and few graduate students, from across West Africa. The WAISSYA program is organized and taught by a collaboration of international astronomers, focussing 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 WAISSYA 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. WAISSYA 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 2019 WAISSYA Summer School will hold from October 28th to November 1st 2019 at the National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja Nigeria.
Happy WAISSYA 2019 Summer School Year!!!