The Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers, PASEA

Formerly known as the West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA)

PASEA 2022 was held in Livingstone, Zambia  from October 5 - 15, 2022 and was a huge success. Read more about PASEA 2022 here.

PASEA online educational program was held in July-August 2022 and was a success.

Read more about PASEA in an article published in Nature Astronomy here.

Read about PASEA's inquiry curriculum published in CourseSource here.

PASEA 2024 will be held at Monastir Sciences Palace in Tunisia! More information coming soon.

The Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers, PASEA is a program held every two years in Africa. At each summer school, there are approximately 60 participants, mainly undergraduates, from across Africa. Organized and taught by an international collaboration of astronomers, the main goals of PASEA are:

To achieve those goals, the innovative PASEA program is informed by research in science education: it focuses on developing instructors’ teaching practices, and on “inquiry”, 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.

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