GEOscience Education Roadmap for Africa (GEO-ERA)
The GEO-ERA is a new, mid to long term IUGS-COGE project in collaboration with the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) and aims to provide the entire African continent with a roadmap to advance the target of geoscience education, training and technology transfer.
Read the latest GEO-ERA progress report here.
Important features of GEO-ERA:
• GEO-ERA works under a multi-institutional framework taking into account the significant previous work carried out by other institutions (e.g. UNESCO Earth Science Education Initiative in Africa).
• GEO-ERA will provide a common framework for understanding basic theoretical and practical geoscientific issues, from a multidisciplinary point of view and with a geoethical approach, taking into account that Africa is one but also that the different countries and regions require tailor-made analyses.
• GEO-ERA will be developed by Africans.
• GEO-ERA will increase the currently still scarce visibility of the contributions linking Geoscience Education and Africa through a set of concrete actions and the publication of thematic contributions in prestigious journals (i.e. Science, Nature, Journal of African Earth Sciences, Episodes).
Some planned activities in the framework of GEO-ERA:
• Promoting school-level Geoscience Education across Africa
- A joint proposal by UNESCO, IUGS-COGE and IGEO
- led by Prof. Chris King, Vice-Chair of IUGS-COGE
• African Geoscience Students Development for Society workshop and pilot project
- led by Dr. Mike Katz (AGID)
- A Joint proposal by AGID, IUGS-COGE and GSAf
(further institutional contacts with other organisations are in progress)
• An Inventory of geoscience education data in Africa for GEO-ERA.
- A Joint proposal by IUGS-COGE, ESM and GSAf
• Development of an Africa-based glossary of geological terms
• Africa-based Earth Science Literacy Reports NSF-ESLI (by regions)
• GEO-ERA Recognition Certificate
- Africa-related geosciences education
(students, teachers, earth scientists, and community groups)
• GEO-ERA Workshop (2014-2015)
Publications about GEO-ERA:
• Martinez-Frias, J. and Mogessie, A. (2012)
The need for a geoscience education roadmap for Africa. Episodes 35-4: 489-492.
Partners and Collaborators: