In November 2023, school science teachers from 16 African countries gathered at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, USA for a train the trainer’s course aimed at enhancing their understanding of nuclear science and technology. The training was organized by the IAEA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and focused on teaching approaches, support materials, and resources necessary for effectively teaching nuclear science in secondary schools.
During the training, the Director of the Division for Africa emphasized the important responsibility that these teachers have in imparting their knowledge to students. The goal is to motivate the younger generation to pursue careers in nuclear science and technology.
The training workshop included activities such as school visits, interactions with other teachers, and a visit to NASA to learn about space science. The project is part of an initiative to promote nuclear science and technology education and to support African countries in leveraging its benefits.
The hope is that the teachers who attended the training will return to their schools with strengthened technical knowledge of nuclear science and technology. They can then apply this knowledge in their classrooms to educate and inspire students across the African region. 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.