As part of African Science week in December 2018, GYA member Binyam Sisay Mendisu (Ethiopia) helped the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (UNESCO-IICBA) organise a two-day visit in Jinka, Ethiopia.

While in Jinka, the team had a panel discussion with students from Jinka University and participated in a science demonstration for high school students from three local schools.

On 17 December 2018, UNESCO-IICBA, in partnership with the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Jinka University and the Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences (EtYAS), organised a seminar on ‘Women in Science and gender-responsive STEAM education’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. More than 20 researchers, practitioners, teachers and teacher educators from Zambia, Uganda and Kenya were in attendance. The seminar focused on women in science, gender-responsive STEAM education and the special contributions of teachers and mentors in supporting and inspiring girls to pursue careers in various scientific and technological fields.

Binyam is currently IICBA Program Officer for teacher education and curriculum development, and is also serving as a NEF Ambassador for Ethiopia from 2017 to 2019.

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