The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach along with our partners IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO), Stars Shine for Everyone (Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen, SSVI) and the University of Leiden are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2021 Telescopes for All project. By sending each awardees a telescope, the project seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike to spark an interest in science, and promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy.
The 2021 project received 225 applications from 54 countries with the active support of the IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOCs). The selected proposals will bring telescopes to socially deprived communities in Poland; help tackle educational disparities and improving access to STEM for women and girls in Botswana and Mauritius; reach rural areas in Malaysia; and refugee camps in Jordan, to name a few.
The telescopes have been awarded to the following proposals:
• Telescopes for All in Afghanistan, Kayhana Astronomical Group, Afghanistan
• Telescopes for All in Botswana, Machana Satellite School, Botswana
• Tomorrow’s Stars (Astros do Amanhã), Leva Ciência Institute (Instituto Nacional Leva Ciência – INALC), Brazil
• Telescopes for All in Ghana, Tetteh-Ocloo School for the Deaf, Ghana
• Namma Telescope, Open Space Foundation (OSF), India
• Telescopes for All in Iraq, Freelance, Al-Muthanna University (Lecturer), Iraq
• Telescopes for All in Jordan, Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS), Jordan
• Telescopes for All in Malaysia, SJKT JUGRA School, Malaysia
• Telescopes for All in Mauritius, Hindu Girls’ College Astronomy Club, Mauritius
• Evening Meetings With Astronomy, Grupa Edukacji Astronomicznej na Czarnej Hucie (The Black Ironworks Astronomical Education Group), Poland
• Telescopes for All in Samoa, Tiapapata Art Centre, Samoa
• Telescopes for All in Timor Leste, Knua Sentrál ba Prátika Siénsia no Matemátika (KSP), East Timor
News Source: IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach