Syrian Astronomical Association: A Trip Of Success

Teaching astronomy in primary schools: How, why, and in what context?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 12:25 p.m. - Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022 11:40 a.m.

We are highlighting the Syrian experience of educating children on the sciences of astronomy and space during war and crises. as we always considered the sky our safe and sacred place during war. Observing it and reading about its planets and stars to forget all about the sound of the bullets. And let the Syrian children be well aware of how life will keep going by learning and working hard to achieve our goals. We are talking about our experience since the very beginning of the Syrian Astronomical Association and how we worked on outreaching astronomy to the whole society, focusing on educating children. We worked on introducing astronomical sciences in a fun, simple and easy way based on thinking out of the box, by giving real life examples on scientific information, and through experiments and games which consolidate the information. We cooperated with the National Curriculum Development Center to introduce astronomy information to the curriculum in some subjects like geography, biology and physics starting from primary school till high school. Since the establishment of the Syrian Astronomical Association in 2005 we aimed to outreach astronomy and space science to every house in Syria, Outreaching astronomy and introducing the importance of these sciences. We are working on working to cooperate with every national, Arabic and international institution, to make the future a better place for every child on this earth, to live safely under one sky. The earth is for everyone and the sky is for everyone.

About Turkieh Jbour

Turkieh Jbou has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from Damascus University. Within IAU, she is NAEC team member and Deputy NOC for Syria.
She is one of the founders of the Syrian Astronomical Association and Member of the Syrian Astronomical Association Board of Directors. She has designed and led activities of the Syrian Astronomical Association since its foundation. She is the Head and founder of the “Little Astronomers” Project.

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