Ethiopia

Ethiopia

BEGINS ON

14 December 2019

203

Days

15

Hours

59

Minutes

Hi, my name is Dr. Binyam Sisay Mendisu

NEF Ambassador – Ethiopia

Binyam Sisay Mendisu completed his PhD in Linguistics from University of Oslo, Norway in 2008. Between 2008-2016, he taught full-time at Addis Ababa University and served in different academic positions. His research interest includes the grammatical study of least-known languages, mother tongue education, early childhood education, science policy and science leadership and teacher policy. He is currently working as a program officer at UNESCO’s International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa and as a part-time associate professor of Linguistics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is the inaugural fellow, steering committee member and co-facilitator of the African Science Leadership Program (ASLP) based at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In addition, he is a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and active member of the Science Advice working group within GYA, founding fellow and secretary of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Science (EtYAS) and Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador for Ethiopia (2017-2019). He is also International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) Research Associate for 2019.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Ethiopia

Africa Science Week will take place in Ethiopia from 14-20 December 2019. It is organized by Dr. Binyam Sisay Mendisu (NEF ambassador 2017-2019), and Dr. Mariamawit Yonathan Yeshak (NEF ambassador 2015-2017) in collaboration with various partners. The main focus of Africa science week celebration will be on the role of women in science and promoting gender-sensitive STEAM education. Accordingly, activities are planned to advocate and encourage girls/women to pursue a career in science, recognize three successful women scientists in Ethiopia and learn from their experiences. In addition to this, a trip to a small town and rural areas in the southwestern part of the country is planned to visit a newly established university and organize a hands-on workshop with high school students. Early-career women science leaders from Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences (EtYAS) will travel to Jinka to engage with hands-on workshop with high school students and to inspire them pursue their dream career in science. The main partners of the science week celebration include the Ethiopian Young Academy of Science (EtYAS) in which both NEF ambassadors are members of the executive committee, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) and UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa. We will also be working closely with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology in Ethiopia. Furthermore, we are currently in discussion with private companies such as Gebeya Inc. to decide on their involvement and the support that they could provide.

ASW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018

OUR 2019 PROGRAM

December

14th

Science Fair

1:00 –

Mekelle University, Mekelle

For this event, we are partnering with Astrobus and we are conducting Science Fair at the campus of Mekelle University, Mekelle which is found about 900kms from Addis Ababa. We are expecting close to 1000 high school students to attend from 12 high schools. This is part of the bus tour that was planned by Astrobus to visit different cities in the northern part of Ethiopia. The tour includes several young scientists and creative artists. Each of the scientists will prepare a table in which they display their work and conduct various types of experiments. The venue of the event will be in the campus of Mekelle University and we expect nearly 1000 students to attend the event and interact with scientists and artists. The event will continue in the evening as well and there will be a telescope observation.

December

19th

Training Workshop on Gender Responsive Pedagogy for Teachers

8:30 – 5:00

Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa

A training workshop on Gender Responsive Pedagogy will be conducted by UNESCO IICBA for high school teachers in order to strengthen their capacity.

December

20th

Student and Teacher Exhibition Science Cocktail

2:00 –

Eilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa

At the end of the second day of the training workshop, the trained teachers will collaborate with their students to prepare various experiments and they will display it to each other. The science exhibition then takes us to the science cocktail in which various stakeholders will be invited for a high level discussion on the contribution of young and early career academics in Ethiopia.

Science Cocktail

5:30 –

Eilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa

At the end of the second day of the training workshop, the trained teachers will collaborate with their students to prepare various experiments and they will display it to each other. The science exhibition then takes us to the science cocktail in which various stakeholders will be invited for a high level discussion on the contribution of young and early career academics in Ethiopia.

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