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A capacity building workshop on astronomy and space science for high school and university teachers was opened on Monday 8th of October.
Speaking on the occasion Science and Technology Minister, Dessei Dalkei through his representative said his Ministry is fully involved in various activities to develop astronomy and space science and enable it contribute to the country’s development.
He said such a capacity building workshop is a step forward in such endeavors. The Minister expressed expectation that the workshop will enable the participants to develop basic knowledge and skill of teaching astronomy and space science in high schools and higher learning institutes.
Education State Minister, Kaba Urgessa on his part said the workshop will give a series of lectures covering basic astronomy topics to help participants teach the field at school level.
Ministry of Education is ready to support and work together with organizations and research institutes for the development of science and technology research and education in Ethiopia.
Entoto Astronomical Observatory and Space Science Research Center Director, Dr Solomon Belay said the three-day workshop aimed at attracting students to study astronomy and space by incorporating the field in high schools.
He said the absence of strong astronomy and space science research center in the country forced Ethiopian professionals to stay abroad.
Some 15 astronomy physics and space science professionals will come to Ethiopia next year in a view to ease the skilled human power shortage in the Center, he said.
Kotebe Teachers’ Training College started to train students in earth science and astronomy in 1992/93EC. with diploma level, he said, adding, currently more than 20 universities train students in astronomy physics with Degree level.
United Nations Office of Outer Space (UNOOSA), International Astronomical Union (IAU) and Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) co-organized the three-day workshop.