Wathela Alhassan, AstroCeNT PhD student, received an award from SSVI (Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine For Everyone)) and IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (Telescopes For All-inspiring Stars) collaboration.
Wathela is the organizer of the astro-informatics annual school in Sudan which started in 2019 and has hosted 2 school sessions so far. The main goal is to attract more students to astronomy and science in general.
The first school sessions were successful. During classes partisipants observed the moon through galileo telescopes, and the students were full of admiration. But a better telescope was very welcome. Hence the decision to provide an SSVI Bresser Messier AR 90/900 refractor for Sudan. This will be done in spring 2021.
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.
This initiative takes place in collaboration with Euro Space Society, Universe Awareness and IAU. The project is present in 81 countries across all continents.