The CHT is a collection of open source technologies and open access resources. It is intended to be a shared toolkit to advance universal health coverage. The partners have come together envisioning a world where primary health care is of the highest attainable quality, equitable, accessible, and delivered by people who are trusted in their communities.
Medic Mobile will serve as the technical lead and initial steward for this open-source project. As part of the launch, they are transitioning their technical assets out of their organizational umbrella into the open.
‘Native Scientist’, a non-profit Europe-wide organisation providing ´Science+Language’ educational workshops for migrant pupils aged 6-16 years old, and webinar trainings on science outreach for scientists aged 20-50 years old is open to receive requests from teachers and from scientists. Embassies, cultural institutions, research centres and educators in general can also get involved for bespoke projects.
With the aim to inspire ethnic minority pupils, to empower international scientists to increase the impact of their research and to build a community of advocates for diversity and equality in education the workshops create social impact by promoting and exploiting cultural and linguistic diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). They are specifically designed to target pupils who speak a different language at home and in school and help them to realise their full potential while developing their language skills and scientific knowledge. The workshops also provide a great opportunity to meet role models, raise aspirations and reinforce a positive attitude towards science and towards the heritage language.
Their core programme are 1.5-hour long school workshops that bring together 4 or 5 scientists who talk and demonstrate their work to a group of 20-25 pupils aged between 6 and 12 years old or 12 and 17 years old; they are fully interactive and can include game-like exercises, illustrations, models, prototypes, videos, specimens etc. Scientists are given online training and support.
Principal contact: Joana Moscoso
FameLab is an annual science communication competition that runs in many countries worldwide. It was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.
Designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three-minute presentations, wherever you are in the world, the competition remains the same. Contestants have just three minutes to present a concept from their field of study to a panel of judges. Make it funny, make it enlightening and make it jaw-dropping.
FameLab is looking for the science communication stars of tomorrow, who can really show off their area of expertise in a fascinating and engaging way. Could you inspire and educate a live audience about your work with content, clarity and charisma?
Countries around the world – please check the website of your local British Council office to find out if your country takes part in FameLab 2019. A list of participating countries and application form will be published from the website later this year.
For those in the UK – APPLY NOW! Regional heats in the UK will take place between January 2018 and March 2019.
Following the completion of bibliographies, working papers and promotion of reviews in Events, meetings, performances and Education and training prepared as part of the research study 'The impact of Science Literacy delivery methods - what works?' those available in Traditional publications and journalism are now linked online.
If you, or any organisation or colleague you know, would be interested in contributing to the research process or being directly involved in any of the tasks as identified we would be pleased to add to our growing team.
Links within the study Impact of Science Delivery Mechanisms
HIFA se compromete a abordar las necesidades de información de los ciudadanos, los trabajadores de la salud y los formuladores de políticas, y promover la comunicación mundial de la salud, en diferentes idiomas. HIFA ya tiene foros en inglés (HIFA, CHIFA, HIFA-Zambia), francés ((HIFA-Francés) y portugués (HIFA-Portugués), que apoyan el debate dinámico sobre temas relacionados con la disponibilidad y el uso de la información de salud.
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With the overall aim of providing a synthesis of what is already known about the impact of a wide range of delivery methods, the resource discovery for this systematic review was completed at the end of June. Over 2,100 impact assessments and descriptive resources (reviews, handbooks, guides etc) were identified across the major science literacies (including health, health-care and nutrition) and delivered through one or more of 45 different approaches.
These approaches were subsequently organised into 7 thematic groups and a team of researchers is now engaged in analysis. Their working papers, together with bibliographies and access to existing reviews, are being uploaded on NIDA’s website. Those in Group 1. Events, meetings, performances and Group 2. Education and training are in the process of being made available and those within the remaining groups will be added as soon as they are completed.
If you, or any organisation or colleague you know, would be interested in contributing to the research process or being directly involved in any of the tasks as identified we would be pleased to add to our growing team. The full project database is not currently available online, however, we are presently considering the feasibility to convert into a public open access resource.
With the recognition that the global system of academia and scholarship is a global network of diverse institutions, people, and practices, the production, circulation, and visibility of scholarly information is also a global issue. NIDA is pleased to announce a new strategic focus on advancing equitable Open Access (OA) policies for economically disadvantaged and globally marginalized research communities.
NIDA believes that OA is the ultimate mechanism for levelling the playing field, and creating a vibrant and participatory global system of scholarship. However, predominant approaches adopted by organizations and institutions in high-income countries (that rely on the payment of author fees ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $5,500 per article, offsetting arrangements and Read and Publish models) although well meaning, have the potential to further marginalize global research communities in lower-income countries and exacerbate global inequities in scholarly communication.
NIDA aims to advocate for the interests of the research communities who have hitherto lacked a seat at the table at many of the discussions around OA. Through engagement with major stakeholders (OA2020, research funders, national governments, etc.), partners such as African Journals Online (AJOL), and the Open Source Infrastructure community, we will work with scholarly organizations around the world to promote policies, programs and initiatives that will enable and empower once-marginalized researchers as equal participants in the global scholarly enterprise.
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Access Agriculture works in Africa, South Asia and Latin America through a network of practical partners who are interacting with smallholder farmers on a daily basis. Their work focusses on quality “farmer to farmer” training videos in local languages; almost 200 videos are now available with more than 75 languages being used.
The programme has been announced as the winner of the ‘iStandOut’ category of the biannual Prize Digital for Development (D4D) rewarding outstanding initiatives using digitisation and new technologies as a lever towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More than 42 million farmers have seen their videos through TV transmissions, more than 800,000 through village video screenings and more than 700,000 through DVD distribution.
Farmers can register and download the videos for free. Radio Stations can download the soundtracks and easy to follow Fact Sheets can also be downloaded.
A profile of Access Agriculture’s work can be found from:
More information on the prize from www.accessagriculture.org
Hardie Wren Development Initiatives are pleased to announce the second INNOVATION in SCIENCE LITERACY AWARD WINNER
LEORA TRUST with MATHS WAALI Project
Leora Trust founded by mathematician Dr Seema Nanda in 2012, together with the educator Dr Stefan Schramm, are starting a pilot study of their validated mobile phone app in December 2018 for class 8 of a low income school in Chinnappa Garden Slums, Bangalore. It aims to enrol the whole class by developing relationships with the school. This integrated maths learning experience provides instant feedback, customised to each child, using AI. In addition, there is a dynamic modification of the lessons using a neural network algorithm. Maths Waali specifically targets the 20 million urban slum children leaving school innumerate.
Providing wide-ranging teacher training and educational programmes in water, science and climate change education, the Waterschool China Programme seeks to educate young citizens and engage communities throughout China in ways that enable them to become active participants in sustainable water resource management.
From its origins in the Yangtze River basin in 2008, the Programme now extends to four river basins across China, and has reached 173,000 students through the formal education system as well as many communities and organisations in selected watersheds.
The Programme works in five key areas: teacher training, school activities, community action, resource development, and linking and learning at national and international levels. Project teams at different levels have been established and developed through individual and institutional capacity building.
The learning platform is designed to include facilitation of information sharing among schools, communities and coordination centers as well as collate and publish regional educational resources developed. Through working with the Ministry of Education, knowledge and expertise from local, regional and national levels feed into policy within China’s Education Reforms.
A suite of textbooks and curriculum packs has been developed specific to each watershed, and a model for yearly teacher training workshops and regular communication to create a learning and sharing platform have been developed. The programme achieved a major milestone when case studies from the project were used to inform the introduction of the first ever national-level curriculum on environmental education in China.
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