How to encourage people to be interested in science world-wide? How to help schools in remote areas? 

We discuss with Alioune Badara Goree Sow who told us about the network science clubs in Senegal and how this can change the whole educational systemSome facts about Science club in Senegal:

The idea of Science clubs for secondary schools in Senegal appeared from the passion to science and is based on the willingness to share knowledge everywhere across African continent. The idea of bringing existing science clubs in different school in Senegal together in a network was born in 2014. It was believed that if a person was not involved in scientific activity professionally then it is difficult for him(her) to be involved in participating in science clubs or in knowledge sharing. This mind set was a real obstacle in developing a global network, however slowly the people managed to overcome the difficulties in acceptance. The idea of science clubs was developed and perfected until the establishment of the Network of Clubs Scientists from Senegal in 2016. Thanks to Animath association SciEd scientists got to know about this activity and discussed with them, how they can act together

Alioune Badara Goree Sow participated in the creation of the network of scientific clubs in Senegal. Alioune is a member of several organizations for the promotion of science in Senegal. He is named embassy of the STEM by the women scientists of Senegal. He participates in state activities such as member of the “Science Wednesdays” committee of the Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation, and a few others.

Alioune, how you started to work in educational projects and network of science clubs in Senegal?

The delay noted in relation to this generalized movement in the disaffection of scientific fields can be explained beyond economic factors by human factors linked, inter alia, to the low rate of scientists trained by our country since independence. Today, the attendance rate in science series is around 28% in secondary school.

To correct this imbalance, young high school leaders from various backgrounds in different high schools have come together to discuss how to better exploit and manage science clubs. After a long reflection, many ideas were put forward to set up the network of science clubs. At the beginning the network only concerned the Dakar region, for a more efficient management of business. But gradually there was the integration of the high schools in the regions. At the moment, 12 out of 14 regions have been covered.

 

The network of science clubs in Senegal is a network which exists from 2016, can you list main events and main structure of it?

Since its creation, the network has never ceased to take concrete action to promote science. Among these acts we can note:
– The organization of a common day of scientific animation gathering the high schools of the department of Rufisque (Abdoulaye Sadji, Camp Marchand and the Lycée Moderne).
– The organization of zonal meetings to find strategic plans for the effective promotion of scientific culture.
– The establishment of a guide for the creation and smooth running of a science club
– Material support (textbooks), moral support to clubs that have organised scientific olympiads.

Yes, I agree that engaging people in such activities as olympiads, creating communities as Senegal science club is very important, since then you feel that you are not alone to be interested, there a network around you, which can help you.
There are already many things, which exist in Senegal, which you think are the necessary elements in educational network, which are missing? 

In a developing country like Senegal, there is probably nothing more to demonstrate or anyone else to convince about the importance of the role of science and technology in a nation’s socio-economic development strategy.
On the other hand, there are some constraints:
-The weakness of school infrastructure
-Lack of scientific laboratory
-Low motivation of science students
-Low financial resources of the Network of Science Clubs
-Lack of equipment (materials)

Hopefully, it will be possible to find solutions to these problems together. How do you think can other international educational networks, like Animath association or SciEd project, collaborate with Senegal science clubs?

we expect partners to provide long-term support for the implementation of our projects. In fact, the network has a national project to disseminate scientific culture. A number of actions will have to be put in place to promote science. Thus all our projects and activities will be answers to the question: how to promote science in Senegal?

With the help of the partners Animath and Scied, we can work together on activities that will interest students in pursuing a scientific career.

Thank you, Alioune, we hope that this interview will be a starting point for the collaboration with the network of scientific clubs!

If you would like to go to participate in lectures in Senegal, please, feel free to contact us and register at SciEd network.

 

(c) All the fotos are provided by Alioune and before the use them please contact the owner. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Alioune, we hope that this interview will be a starting point for the collaboration with the network of scientific clubs!

If you would like to go to participate in lectures in Senegal, please, feel free to contact us and register at SciEd network.

 

(c) All the fotos are provided by Alioune and before the use them please contact the owner. Thank you!

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