Using Astronomy as a vehicle for Science Education
Recent history in South Africa has created unique problems in many areas. As a result of an unequal educational structure, particularly in science, there is a general lack of science literacy and awareness. Some years ago the South African Astronomical Observatory started a Science Education Initiative as a contribution to addressing this problem by using astronomy as a vehicle to stimulate an interest in science amongst teachers and students. This programme was given a boost by the South African government in 1998 and the construction of the Southern African Large Telescope will provide further stimulus to the Science Education Initiative.
Rijsdijk, C. (n.d.). Using Astronomy as a vehicle for Science Education. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 17(2), 156–161. https://doi.org/10.1071/as00156