August 14 , 2011



United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria, has selected Bangladesh as the partner-country to jointly celebrate the World Space Week 2011.

Since 2003, Bangladesh Astronomical Society (BAS) has been regularly celebrating World Space Week (WSW) - a Programme of the UNOOSA aimed at creating Space Awareness among the School Students around the world. . This Programme is coordinated by World Space Week Association based in Houston, USA . Presently, WSW is the most important Space Event which is annually held on 4 to 10 October and celebrated in 55 countries all over the world. During the last 8 years, Bangladesh Astronomical Society has been demonstrating participation of highest numbers of Space Enthusiasts in their Celebration of WSW - for which UNOOSA has been pleased to celebrate WSW- 2011 in Bangladesh with Bangladesh Astronomical Society.

UNOOSA, UNESCO and BAS will also jointly organize a Capacity Building Workshop on Astronomy as a parallel session during the celebration the WSW. The prime objective of this Workshop is to incorporate Astronomy in the Curriculum in Secondary Schools level in Bangladesh. The Seminar will be held on 3 5 October, in Mohakash Bhaban, (Space House) ,at Enayetpur known as the - Space Village in the world which lies about 85 miles northwest of Dhaka . Dr. Robert Hill, Director of North Ireland Space Office and Dr. Sarah Robert, Director of Education, Faulkes Telescope Project, UK, will conduct this Workshop. They will offer Training on Astronomy with state of the art Educational System to some experienced Teachers selected from all over Bangladesh. Subsequently, these Teachers will impart Training to local Science Teachers enabling them to teach Astronomy to Secondary School students when Astronomy is incorporated in their Curriculum.

One of the fascinating features of this Workshop is that Participants will be able to observe Objects of Night Sky over the Screens of their Laptops live from the Faulkes Robotic Telescopes situated in Hawaii and Australia.

It may be mentioned here that this Capacity Building Workshop on Astronomy at Enayetpur with facility for obtaining live data from Robotic Telescopes in Hawaii and Australia - will be the first of its kind in Bangladesh and perhaps in the Indian Subcontinent. Minister of Education and Minister of Science and ICT , Government of Bangladesh along with top Officials, Educationists, Scientists, Astronomers etc. are expected to attend this Workshop.

World Space Week is celebrated all over Bangladesh but its main Event is held at Enayetpur. For participation to this Event by UNOOSA and UNESCO - Students , Teachers and Space Enthusiasts of the locality are very excited and happy. Brisk preparations are going on and it is expected that the Celebration of World Space Week -2011 at Enayetpur will be more spectacular and memorable.