Amanar: Under the
Same Sky

Amanar, Pleiades in Berber, is a project that aims to inspire children from the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and the Canary Islands, Spain, using Astronomy. The goal of this initiative is to promote quality science education and to support the youth and teachers of the Sahrawi refugee camps, who have been afflicted by social struggles for over four decades. Additionally, Amanar will use Astronomy as a cultural bridge between children from these two locations to foster a sense of global citizenship, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence.

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The project will comprise 2 phases:

  1. Astronomy outreach activities and teacher workshops in schools at the refugee camps

  2. Astronomy outreach activities and visits to observatories for the refugee children spending the summer in the Canary Islands within the Holidays in Peace program. The project will result in the long-term sustainability of the intended summer program for children of both communities.

Country/Region

Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf (Algeria) and the Canary Islands (Spain)

Organisers

Amanar is a project by GalileoMobile in collaboration with the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Canarian Association of Friendship with the Sahrawi People (ACAPS). Other partners involved are Universe Awareness (UNAWE), Meade Instruments and the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP).

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