Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde

BEGINS ON

23 September 2019

22

Days

7

Hours

36

Minutes

Hi, my name is Sara de jesus Santos Baptista

NEF Ambassador – Cabo Verde

Sara Baptista has a degree in Nursing and has worked as a nurse for 14 years. Due to her interest in all health related issues, she pursued two master’s degrees, one in Public Health and another in HIV/AIDS infection. Considering Sara’s new challenges, academic and intellectual growth and interests on getting the best scientific knowledge towards public health, she decided to take a PhD in Life Sciences, in particular in Parasitology field specifically in the Graduate Program Science for Development (PGCD). Currently, she works with Instituto de Medicina Molecular- João Lobo Antunes, Lisbon, Portugal at Dr. Maria Mota Lab, which is interested in studying the Biology and Physiology of Malaria. Mostly, she is working on understanding how the main liver stage protein of the plasmodium parasite, the circumsporozoite protein is processed by the host hepatocyte. As well, Sara de Jesus has developed a campaign towards the engagement of the native and immigrant African community, living in Portugal and worldwide, to register as a bone marrow donor among other health campaigns including awareness in the Lisbon African Communities, as well actively contribute some compatible bone marrow donations. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Cabo Verde

When it comes to the educational system, Cabo Verde has the determination and political will to advance with the global agenda, assuming one of the leading position in the overall African context, with a 76% coverage of gross enrollment ration in pre-primary education, the proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach grade 5 of 91% and only 2% of out-school children of primary school age. Reflecting the investments made, Cabo Verde presents high literacy rates among 15-24 years old your (about 98%), while gender gap continues to reduce, with the numbers of young girls at the university level, higher than young boys. But, despite these efforts, much remains to be done. It is necessary to address the fundamental challenges for the development of an economy also based on Science boost, where the contribution of the field to the country’s GDP is still negligible. Moreover, as similar to other African countries, science researchers’ continue to depend on funding from non-African organizations, generating less than 1% of the world’s research. However, Cabo-Verdean educational stability indicates a potential advantage for the implementation and development of Science in the country following the wave of the current Africa’s strongest on growing scientific production.

ASW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018

OUR 2019 PROGRAM

September

23rd

Crop Bootcamp

9:30 – 4:30

Santo Antão Island

The activity aims to improve the local farmers knowledge and know- how on (1) management practices to increase efficiency, resilience, and the maintenance of the provision of essential ecosystem services of mountain agriculture systems under scenarios of climate and socioeconomic change and (2) the aspects related to food safety control in traditional and innovative mountain food products, and increase the relevance of mountain products to achieve food security.

September

24th

Agri-Business Coaching for Women

9:30 – 4:30

Santo Antão Island

This coaching session aims to support rural women’s entrepreneurship and creation of farm and non-farm decent employment opportunities, and build skills to communicate about agriculture, while receiving general training to improve their understanding on farm business, set new creative ideas and risk management.

Crop Bootcamp

9:30 – 4:30

Santo Antão Island

The activity aims to improve the local farmers knowledge and know- how on (1) management practices to increase efficiency, resilience, and the maintenance of the provision of essential ecosystem services of mountain agriculture systems under scenarios of climate and socioeconomic change and (2) the aspects related to food safety control in traditional and innovative mountain food products, and increase the relevance of mountain products to achieve food security.

September

26th

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in Health – (girls) Coding

9:30 – 4:30

Centro de Capacitação dos Órgãos. São Lourenço dos Órgãos. Santiago Island.

This event targets particularly (young) girls (from 13 to 24 years old) and involves a 2 days course focusing in on the importance of AI to improve health care systems and health care delivery to people, using robotics as the attractive tool of education, followed by 2 days course in Coding.

September

27th

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in Health – (girls) Coding & Robotics for beginners

9:30 – 4:30

Centro de Capacitação dos Órgãos. São Lourenço dos Órgãos. Santiago Island.

This event targets particularly (young) girls (from 13 to 24 years old) and involves a 2 days course focusing in on the importance of AI to improve health care systems and health care delivery to people, using robotics as the attractive tool of education, followed by 2 days course in Coding.

September

28th

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in Health – (girls) Coding & Robotics for beginners

9:30 – 4:30

Centro de Capacitação dos Órgãos. São Lourenço dos Órgãos. Santiago Island.

This event targets particularly (young) girls (from 13 to 24 years old) and involves a 2 days course focusing in on the importance of AI to improve health care systems and health care delivery to people, using robotics as the attractive tool of education, followed by 2 days course in Coding.

September

29th

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in Robotics for beginners

9:30 – 4:30

Centro de Capacitação dos Órgãos. São Lourenço dos Órgãos. Santiago Island.

This event targets particularly (young) girls (from 13 to 24 years old) and involves a 2 days course focusing in on the importance of AI to improve health care systems and health care delivery to people, using robotics as the attractive tool of education, followed by 2 days course in Coding.

October

01st

Science Communication Mini-course

9:30 – 4:30

University of Cabo Verde (Uni-CV) in Praia, Santiago Island

This event involves a 2 days training in basic skills and tools for effectively communicating complex scientific information to journalists, peers, policymakers and the public.

Road-trip to digital companies (yet to confirm)

11:00 –

(yet to determine in) Praia, Santiago Island

The aim of this event is to give to Information and communications technology (ICT) university students close insight into the work being done by the biggest national institutions working with Technology and Innovation. The activity will involve visit-trips to both institutions while debating about employability perspectives and entrepreneurship opportunities.

October

02nd

Inspirational Figure Seminar (yet to confirm)

11:00 – 4:00

(yet to determine in) Praia, Santiago Island

This event aims to take to Cabo Verde an international renown figure, who have made a lasting contribution in Science and/or towards creating a better world to inspire Cabo-Verdean citizens towards STEM by their various achievements, but also by their attitude and values

Science Communication Mini-course

9:30 – 4:30

University of Cabo Verde (Uni-CV) in Praia, Santiago Island

This event involves a 2 days training in basic skills and tools for effectively communicating complex scientific information to journalists, peers, policymakers and the public.

October

04th

PALOP Women in Science Celebration

6:00 – 9:45

(yet to determine in) Praia, Santiago Island

This celebration event is exclusively dedicated to women in Science. The event aims to honor the academic contributions of 5 Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) women and 5 women researcher based in Cabo Verde in Science that, despite the different backgrounds, motivations and journeys that brought them to the university, each of the women featured have one important thing in common: success; while promoting South-to-South collaborations in STEM field between the PALOP.

October

05th

Teaching to Teach Science

9:30 – 4:30

Casa da Ciência – University of Cabo Verde, Praia. Santiago Island

This activity aims training elementary school teachers in basic science (experiments) towards coverage knowledge transfer and promotion of Science awareness in children.

October

06th

Teaching to Teach Science

9:30 – 4:30

Casa da Ciência – University of Cabo Verde, Praia. Santiago Island

This activity aims training elementary school teachers in basic science (experiments) towards coverage knowledge transfer and promotion of Science awareness in children.

October

08th

Marine biology fun day for children

10:30 – 4:30

University of Cape Verde| Faculty of Marine Sciences and Engineering, Mindelo. São Vicente Island

The activity and aims children’s environmental education and marine habitat conservation, while stimulating their curiosity for the marine biology fields of research and sensitization of marine biodiversity economic potential.

October

09th

Marine biology fun day for children

10:30 – 4:30

University of Cape Verde| Faculty of Marine Sciences and Engineering, Mindelo. São Vicente Island

The activity and aims children’s environmental education and marine habitat conservation, while stimulating their curiosity for the marine biology fields of research and sensitization of marine biodiversity economic potential.

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