The SAWBO animation library now includes over 70 video topics across Agriculture, Economics, Health, and Women’s Empowerment in over 100 languages, and in numerous file formats (for TV stations, computers, cell phones, overhead projection systems, etc.).
SAWBO has recently loaded the complete library, as of Spring 2018 approx. 600GB, onto hard drives to send to programs that are setting up offline computer services in developing nation countries, so that users and potential users can access the animations from their local facilities.
If you are associated with a program or know of a program, which can use SAWBO’s complete library, please contact SAWBO (or have them make contact) at email@example.com. SAWBO are delighted to share their whole animation library so you, or they, can share it with others.
The aim of the pilot project was to assess and evaluate the impact of a series of health education classes and clinic interventions in Udaya, Kerala as a mechanism to improve the health literacy of women in a slum community.
Overall, the methodical process of the project and lessons learnt during and from the pilot have been valuable. Of the those whom attended the available services, the majority of women who attended the clinic appear to have gained more understanding of the chosen topics than those who attended the classes. There was also a marked improvement in the numbers of women in the control group who gained understanding of topics pre and post the provision of services in their community, despite not having attended either clinic or class. The team concluded that women discuss and pass on information between them in communities and therefore transmission of information had taken place between women who came to the clinic and classes and those who did not.
The findings of the services provided and interaction with women during health classes have enabled the Keralan, NGO, Birth for Change (BfC) to move forward with a more focused view for the South Indian population of women. They are also able to re-affirm the need for a strategic approach to address maternal health issues especially for younger women, those who access government health facilities and those in rural areas with poor access to services.
AfLIA, as the Pan-African Library and Information Association, is driving an environmental literacy initiative to stimulate African libraries, in collaboration with interested groups and stakeholders, to promote the effects of climate change.
The main objectives include to:
Public and academic libraries all over the continent are being called upon to use the month of May 2018 as the Month for Environment Sustainability Initiatives.
Call for Promotional Posters and Video Clips
Librarians and stakeholders who would like to work in collaboration with libraries are encouraged to share and produce posters and video clips that can be used for the campaign.
The best posters and clips will be acknowledged, used, and a plaque will be presented for the winning entry at the AfLIA Library Summit in 2019.
March 25th - Deadline for submission of the promotional posters and video clips.
April 4th - The posters and clips are released and will be used to publicize the programme.
May - a lively month-long focus on climate change.
The Inspiring Science Education programme aims to provide digital resources and opportunities for teachers to help them make science education more attractive and relevant to students’ lives. The summer school programme 2018 is targeted to education authorities, teachers and trainee teachers and run by the European Science Education Academy (ESEA). It features a set of week-long courses, split into two sessions, from 1 to 6 July and from 8 to 13 July and will be held in Attika, Greece.
In the first session, educators will have the option of signing up for four different courses based on their areas of interest. The Mars Mission – Creating a Mission to Mars using a Multidisciplinary Approach – takes participants on a trip to the red planet, where they are introduced to inquiry-based and interdisciplinary learning. Second, Big Ideas of Science, multi-disciplinary teaching Stories of Tomorrow – Storytelling to facilitate students’ deeper learning in STEM – is an innovative course that presents the potential of storytelling in teaching and learning. Third, Open Schools for Open Societies introduces successful learning methods and materials for schools. Lastly, iMuSciCA demonstrates how musical instrument modelling can be used to teach science and mathematics.
The second session is composed of three different summer courses. Go-Lab – Using Online Science Laboratories for Inquiry Learning – introduces teachers to online virtual experiments, remote laboratories and inquiry-based science teaching. The CREATIONS summer school introduces innovative approaches and activities that involve teachers and students in scientific research through creativity and arts. Third, CASE – Creativity, Arts and Science in Primary Education – presents case studies for creative science inquiry, such as theatre, puppetry and narratives.
Through the Inspiring Science Education website and the activities organised by the partners, teachers can also help students make their own scientific discoveries, witness and understand natural and scientific phenomena and access the latest, interactive tools and digital resources from within their classrooms.
Visit the website for more information, for resources and for further information about the upcoming summer schools.
Library outreach, in all its forms, requires that librarians leave their own traditional space, and enter someone else's space. For health librarians wishing to connect with traditionally underserved and hard-to-reach populations, this requires not only learning about and appreciating the cultural differences that may distinguish those populations from the librarian, but also about the many health disparities that are likely to exist.
The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section plans to contribute to the 2018 WLIC theme of "Transform Libraries, Transform Societies" by exploring how health libraries are playing a role in transforming societies. They shall showcase examples of health librarians reaching out to traditionally underserved communities through their work. Within this theme, they also wish to explore and demonstrate alternative ways of measuring impact beyond traditional scholarly metrics.
Note: Deadline for submission of abstracts Friday, February 16, 2018
“Maker Faire Bangkok” is one of south-east Asia’s largest exhibitions of inventions and innovations, organised this year on January 20-21 by the Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Chevron Thailand, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) and other partners.
The first Bangkok Mini Maker Faire was held in 2015; in 2016 it featured 62 exhibits and drew over 3,500 attendees and by 2017 the Faire grew to more than 100 makers, attracting over 4,600 participants. This year the event expanded to become a full Maker Faire featuring workshops, robots, electronics, virtual reality, arts and crafts, the Internet of Things, Smart Farm and an Electric Parade attracted more than 10,000 visitors and makers from across Asia.
The event aims to support the growth of the maker culture in Thailand at the same time as underpinning the foundation for producing quality human resources in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of the Enjoy Science Project - a US $30 million, 5-year, public-private partnership to strengthen Thailand’s competitiveness and innovation by improving STEM education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) across the country.
A comprehensive and well-written article by Matteo Farinella, illustrating that visual narratives are becoming increasingly popular as a tool for science education and communication and have the possibility to engage audiences currently underserved by other mechanisms of science communication.
Matteo combines his scientific expertise in neuroscience with his passion for drawing, producing educational comics, illustrations and animations to review evidence across disciplines and highlight the cognitive mechanisms that may underlie the effects of visual narratives. His article concludes that although evidence suggests that comics have great potential, further empirical studies are required to understand the full effects of comics on learning, engagement and attitude toward science.
Matteo Farinella is currently Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Colombia University, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Follow his work from his websites Matteo Farinella and Cartoon Science or on Twitter @matteofarinella.
Cancer Care Ontario and the Healthy Aboriginal Network recently published a comic book called ‘Silent Enemy’, which deals with the topic of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery in a delicate but effective manner. Targeted to youth, families and communities the comic intends to raise awareness about the disease, opening a dialogue around an often stigmatised topic.
The 'Healthy Aboriginal Network' (HAN), a Canadian non-profit organization, has been creating posters, video and comic books on health and social issues for youth since 2005. HAN advocates for the creation of knowledge translation tools that youth find comfortable to interact with, rather than text-heavy brochures and websites, which youth are less inclined to read. HAN’s stories broach not only health care (diabetes, sexual and maternal health) but youth in care stories, living with FASD, suicide prevention and financial literacy. Through easily accessible and engaging forms of media, HAN would like Indigenous youth to see that they are not alone with their challenges, that they have choices and better decisions will affect better outcomes.
Download the free e-book ‘Silent Enemy’. For more information about HAN, its comic books and other projects visit the dedicated website and their YouTube channel where the HAN focus group test their draft stories online, with youth and professionals.
Following the success of ‘Bus ConCiencia’, Fundación Ecoscience has promoted another educational project in Chile. Inaugurated in mid-December 2017, the new mobile laboratory ‘Conciencia Magallanes’ is ready to travel into the scientifically fascinating region of Magallanes, the southernmost and second least populated region of the country, that also comprises the Chilean Antarctica.
The mission is to promote an inquiry-based science education for children and schools in this remote and not easily accessible region. The mobile laboratory will support different learning experiences through practical activities and experiments, in order to stimulate enthusiasm for scientific discovery and foster natural curiosity about how the world works. It will also facilitate access to scientific information and materials for teachers, who can subsequently introduce concepts and experiments in their lesson plans.
Magallanes is a privileged area for exploration and scientific global research, from the study of ocean currents to whale communication: the new mobile laboratory will be the means for pupils and students to investigate science, nature and biodiversity and it will also strengthen environmental awareness in young generations.
Watch the launch of the ‘Conciencia Magallanes’ project on Youtube and read the profile of the first initiative ‘Bus ConCiencia’, a travelling laboratory reaching rural schools and remote communities in Chile.
Through educator-led programmes and self-guided activities, NaDEET aims to challenge assumptions about the impact of lifestyle choices and to offer ideas to finding suitable everyday solutions to environmental problems. Work has started work on their latest sustainable education initiative, an urban model house in Swakopmund.
Inside the house visitors will explore issues affecting the average Namibian household in practicing a sustainable lifestyle. In the open plan kitchen/ living room, visitors will discover how this “family” is practicing energy and water efficiency, using alternative resources and managing the household waste. In addition, topics such as nutrition, transport and gardening will be explored by conducting activities and experiments.
Intended visitors: The general public, schoolchildren and tourists
Programmes: Self-guided tour with activity guides, guided tours, school programmes
Potential reach: 8,000 schoolchildren; 5,000 tourist and adult visitors per annum
First classes are expected in early 2018.
NaDEET WILL ALSO APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! With a small start-up grant, they have been able to start with phase one. You are able to join existing NaDEET supporters.