In November 2023, school science teachers from Africa gathered at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, USA for a train the trainer’s course focused on nuclear science and technology. Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the training aimed to enhance the understanding of these subjects among secondary school educators.
The course covered various topics such as teaching approaches, support materials, and resources necessary for effectively teaching nuclear science in schools. The training also emphasized the role and impact of nuclear science and technology in various areas of development, including health, agriculture, and the environment.
During the training, the Director of the Division for Africa stressed the importance of imparting knowledge to students and motivating them to pursue careers in nuclear science and technology. This is particularly important as it aims to promote sustainable development across Africa through innovation and technological advancements.
A total of 16 teachers from different African countries participated in the training at Prairie View A&M University. They engaged in activities such as school visits, interactions with other teachers, and a visit to NASA to learn about space science. This project is part of an initiative to promote nuclear science and technology education in Africa while supporting countries in leveraging its benefits for sustainable development.
The IAEA supports professional training in nuclear science and technology education through various technical cooperation projects that address resource limitations and workforce challenges in this field. By investing in educators across Africa, we can create a new generation of scientists who will drive innovation and contribute towards sustainable development across the continent.