Stars Shine For Everyone

Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine For Everyone)
Project voor kinderen met een beperking en kansarme gemeenschappen wereldwijd.
Project for children with disabilities and underserved communities around the world

info on the Stars Shine for everyone Project, a cooperation between Volkssterrenwacht A.Pien vzw and Ghent University.
”All children in special education and vulnerable people should have the opportunity to admire the starry sky with the help of a telescope.” This is the starting point of the Public Observatory Armand Pien, based on an idea by Jean-Pierre Grootaerd with input of Harrie Rutten.

Telescopes for All: Inspiring Stars & Stars Shine for Everyone Collaboration

SSVI: The 17 winners of the contest 'Telescopes for all' IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach - Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine for everyone) have just been announced on the news page of IAU.
This brings the number of countries where the project is present to 91.

It was very difficult to select 17 winners from the many excellent entries we received. But it was great to work with Lina Canas . Many dozens of emails and several hours of skype meetings. But together we have done a great job. Worthy winners!
This time we also set up a 'basecamp' platform on which we invite the winners to participate. Share experiences, learn from each other...

The  winners of the contest 'Telescopes for all'  have just been announced on the news page of IAU. (see above)
Every week, one of the winners introduces himself on this website and on our facebook page. this week first story:
The story of a young Moroccan enthousiast Astronomy and Space lover.
El  Mehdi Essaidi

''I am a Medical physicist and Summer student in CERN in 2019 and THM in 2018.   I  have a master's degree in medical physics and a bachelor's degree in physics. One of the main priorities in my life is my voluntary activity in Asif n Ait Bounouh Association for Culture and Awareness.  This association does locate in my original region that exists in southern Morocco, “the region of Tiznit". It is concerned with childhood, youth, and women issues. It focuses on cultural and social workshops that help locals in different ways.  It relies also on cooperation with national and international associations and institutions that have common goals.

I have a passion to apply my knowledge and skills related to my scientific training. Moreover, I am eager to assist the children of my region by contributing to their astronomical knowledge that is considered part of their traditional culture.

Through using the telescope,  we will exite our kids to discover all the things in space that we can't see with our eyes. We will set up training workshops in astronomy for kids. It will be in partnership with other associations in the Affela Ighir and tafraoute area. And the project name will be: Astronomy is open for everyone."

Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen is realised by the Amateur Telescope Making group (Kijkerbouw) of the UGent Public Observatory Armand Pien and the Department Physics and Astronmy if the University Ghent. Belgian astronauts DIRK FRIMOUT and FRANK DE WINNE parented the project SSVI and S4G.
This initiative takes place in collaboration with Euro Space Society, Universe Awareness and IAU.
The project is present in 81 countries across all continents (update February 2020).
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