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. Updates will be posted soon.
Read more about PASEA in an article published in Nature Astronomy here.
Read about PASEA's inquiry curriculum published in CourseSource here.
Watch out for information on the next school. The next PASEA will be in 2024, location TBD. We are currently calling for Letters of Intent to host PASEA 2024.
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:
Contribute to building a critical mass of astronomers in Africa
Build community among African scientists
Share ideas about teaching and learning between Africa and North America / Europe.
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.