A weeklong series of outreach and education activities held in Bangladesh for World Space Week 2011 (WSW 2011) has inspired the launch of an ongoing astronomy and space education project in the country, as part of the international programme Universe Awareness (UNAWE).
For WSW 2011, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and UNESCO organised a capacity-building workshop on astronomy for secondary teachers in Bangladesh. The workshop was led by Robert Hill from the Northern Ireland Space Office, who is a long term supporter of UNAWE. This event attracted space and astronomy enthusiasts from around the country, which provided a perfect opportunity for Hill to network and find the right team to establish a UNAWE Bangladesh programme.
UNAWE is an IAU- and UNESCO-endorsed education organization and a WSW partner. The aim of UNAWE is to use astronomy and space to inspire children aged 4-10 years, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop an interest in science and technology.
Image credit: UNAWE Bangladesh