Valentina comes to us with a Masters in Environmental Science and Technology and a Doctorate in Agricultural Science and Biotechnology. She is passionate about public understanding and involvement in science, especially when applied towards sustainable development and will work on the Connect with Science programme.
Valentina’s experience includes being a founder member, project developer and educator in 'Spazi in frutto' (Fruitful Spaces), Ponte nelle Alpi, Italy, for which she co-created the Mani in Terra (Hands in Earth) project focusing on sustainable gardening and alimentation in collaboration with primary and secondary schools. She has also been a researcher and project manager for the valorisation of local agrobiodiversity in the Mountain Community of Belluno, Italy.
More good news from the pilot project for maternal health literacy in the urban slum areas of Kochi (Kerala, India).
The Tejus (word for ‘energy, light’) health clinic is now operating at full speed, offering services to a growing numbers of attendees, mainly women of all ages and children. They have turned to the clinic for advice in a wide range of problems: from general health conditions to maternal-related, such as fertility and general pregnancy check-ups.
The clinic is also offering classes on nutrition and one-to-one appointments. An increased number of women attended the last class (13 women, while 6 in the previous one), together with their children. The result was an interactive, entertaining and playful meeting in which many questions were addressed. The one-to-one appointments were introduced as an additional opportunity for supplementary information and focused education on the subjects covered during classes.
The organisers are confident that the number of participants will increase due to recent experiences and through consistent advertising and by word of mouth.
Birth for Change reported that a cheerful atmosphere of collaboration and relationship is growing between clinic staff and patients. This sounds like a positive indication of strengthened trust and a sense of belonging to the project by the local community.
View more information about the Maternal Health pilot literacy project in Kochi
Through hardware swapping activities, the DF Maker Community is sharing opportunities with school educators and students in rural China to familiarize them with Maker Education, and enable them to develop hands-on experience in Arduino projects.
The first pilot (April to end-June 2017) involves 6 schools within the Evergreen Education China programme (Tongwei No.1 and No. 3, Maying and Tianzhu in Gansu Province, Danfeng in Shanxi and Kaili No.1 in Guizhou). The aim is to complete 9 -16 small projects and submit periodic review documents and videos as feedback from which others may learn.
Initial observations show that the kits have stimulated passion and interest in learning and most students have spent 4+ hours each week on the project. Just over half-way through the pilot challenges include spreading the word through the entire school and, as both teachers and students have limited skill set, more time than anticipated had to be set aside for familiarisation with both hard- and soft-ware.
The pilot will be evaluated at the beginning of July with the aim to inform the second round of schools involved in the project. We will continue to provide progress reports.
The call for academic papers and case study/project-related presentations for the Global MIL Week 2017, Kingston, Jamaica 25 October to 1 November is now open.
Theme: “Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning and Information Environments”.
MIL Week also includes the 7th MIL and Intercultural Dialogue Conference, also in Kingston.
Closing date: 20 June 2017
The Science Cultural Centre (better known as C3) works to uncover the hidden science in daily life through a wide range of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and shows.
Organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and innovation as a response to public policies, C3 is open to schools, families and the general public. The Centre hosted more than 100.000 visitors in 2016, as well as 14.000 students from primary and high schools. It is developing its own curriculum of science literacy activities.
The Centre also has a dynamic MakerSpace to offer non-formal hands-on learning and project development, with the aid of appropriate scientific and technological supplies, to the general population. The Centre also hosted the first MiniMaker Faire in Argentina, in May 2016, with about 3000 people participating.
This new report from NESTA (a UK innovation foundation) explores how governments, researchers, companies, practitioners, patients and citizens around the world are collaborating in new ways to open up health innovation. It grew out of a collaboration between the State of São Paulo and the UK government and involved testing open innovation methods in Brazil through two pilot projects.
The guide identifies approaches across the innovation cycle: problem identification; invention; and, adoption and diffusion.
Several, self-explanatory, factors and challenges for open innovation initiatives were identified:
It provides evidence that good ideas do not necessarily ‘sell themselves’ and the processes by which new ideas are tested, adapted and ultimately adopted are vital. Collaborative approaches to promote successful and timely adoption of new ideas include publicising promising innovations, for example through online marketplaces and diffusion support programmes.
There are six examples, including the Open Medicine Project, South Africa, the School of International Biodesign, based in New Delhi, and the Community Health Agent Programme, Brazil. and a download of the full text.
(All NESTA work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License).
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Innovation in Science Literacy Award (ISLA 2017).
As an outcome from the Landscape Survey in Science Literacy ISLA will reward creative ways in which international development programmes or individual projects have succeeded in addressing a local challenge in a disadvantaged community with a measurable and sustainable increase in science literacy.
The recipient of ISLA 2017 will receive £5,000 (five thousand pounds sterling).
Closing date: 30 June 2017
The Nutrition Sensitive Literacy (NSL) project aims to increase knowledge of nutrition and health through the development of resources and using child-centred learning methods.
The project is being piloted in 21 schools in Sindhupalchowk and 9 schools in Bardiya districts of Nepal. After a test involving 5 schools, the resources are now finalised and the pilot will now be launched in all 30 schools this month.
Some of the activities in the NSL package require children to take the workbooks home to complete with their parents, in this way it is hoped that the knowledge of nutrition and health can become part of family literacy. The underlying objective is to bring about a change in understanding and behaviour in eating habits, hygiene and general cleanliness.
Collecting responses for the Maternal Health survey in Kochi has now begun. A team of nurses have been visiting the homes of women in the Udaya colony and are finding it very interesting hearing the stories of women's health and birth in the past and present. It is hoped that the data collected by the survey will be valuable and give some further insight into the health and education needs of the women. The visits are also providing the opportunity to explain and gain more interest in attending the education classes.
The surveys should be completed by mid May after which the first health class will begin.
View more information about the Maternal Health pilot literacy project in Kochi.