The Future African Space Explorer's STEM Academy is a young but growing initiative with the aim of bringing space exploration to the African classroom, wherein the majority of learners have barriers of entry to the vocation through lack of access to information and resources.
Through a collaborative effort with global space technology & exploration industry leaders and nation-states from South Africa and eventually the entire African space, we will bring the tools and infrastructure for the African child to explore space from their classroom to eventually reaching the stars!
To bring Space to the classroom as a gateway to STEM. To educate all African students and empower them to expand their opportunities, enriching their community through science and technology. The concept is to give a top-down vision from strategic, economic, technical perspectives and opportunities for employment in the Space sector and advocate for the creation of a sustainable space ecosystem. Space exploration is an expanding vocation that will provide vast socio-economic benefits to a nation through its youth, who are the future leaders.
The world is far from the goal of equal opportunity for all, Education for All, and in our case ,Space for All. Circumstances beyond children's control, including gender, race, ethnicity and the socio-economic status of their parents continue to affect their chances of succeeding in life.
Why Space Exploration -Space Science education?
Space exploration is an emerging global megatrend and recent developments in space travel may be setting the stage for a striking new era of Space science technology advancement.
Through technology, the world has become a global community and nations have become less segregated.
To play a meaningful role and have a substantive contribution to global policy and initiative, it is vital for a nation to have world-class systems and thought leaders in sectors and industries that are shaping the future. And Space exploration is shaping the future. Space education has to be part of a child's Foundational learning, Foundational learning refers to basic literacy, numeracy, and transferable skills, that are the building blocks for a life of learning. Just as we would not build a house without solid foundations, we cannot expect a child to thrive without solid foundational skills. Yet today, across most of the developing world, these foundations of learning are not strong enough. As FASESA how do we make a difference?.
By equipping learners, irrespective of their socio-economic background, race, gender, ethnicity with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for self-fulfillment, and meaningful participation in society and the new Space Exploration era;
Teachers and students need to know and understand what the Space Science Sector is and the career opportunities it offers. “Space” does not mean they have to be an Astronaut. The impressive development of Space Applications gives immense opportunities to those who study IT, Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Geography, Medicine, Law, Management, Communications, Electronics, Physics, and so on.
We aim to shape the future of space exploration and policy making on the continent. our ultimate goal is to democratize and accelerate access to space by granting the opportunity to all students, to travel and work in the space regardless of their financial resources. As of July 20, 2021, a total of 574 people from 41 countries have been to space in the history of the world. While NASA puts the number at little over 600The majority of these astronauts have been men, and almost (80%) have been citizens of Western nations. we at FASESA believe that the future of space Exploration must be democratized, and in doing so, we can inspire the next generation's passion for space science, leadership, and social change as we ignite a higher level of consciousness to face our most intractable challenges.
Kids are Interested in Space, according to a Harris Poll survey conducted in the US, UK and China, 86% of children aged 8 to 12 say they are interested in space exploration, and 90% of them want to learn more. Interestingly, 83% of parents (averaged across the three countries) who participated in the survey believe their children are interested in space, yet only 53% of kids say their interest in space is fuelled by their parents, citing teachers (79%) and the internet (71%) as primary learning sources.