Ailanga Secondary School

Ailanga Secondary School is a boys and girls boarding school in the Imbaseni Ward, Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. The northern boundary of the school property is the southern boundary of the Arusha National Park, a truly beautiful setting for an astronomical observatory. With no development possible to the north, and only the small, quiet village of Meru around, elephants and amateur astronomers together enjoy dark, equatorial night skies.

Under the direction of Pastor Emanuel Majola, headmaster for Ailanga, the school is the gracious host of the OSEO office and Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory.

Astronomers Without Borders
Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is dedicated to fostering understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through the universal appeal of astronomy. AWB projects promote sharing resources, knowledge, and inspiration through a common interest in something basic and universal—sharing the sky.

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UNAWE Tanzania
UNAWE-Tanzania is a branch of Universe Awareness (UNAWE), an international project which expose very young children in under-privileged environments on the scale and beauty of the universe. It illustrates the multicultural origins of modern astronomy in an effort to broaden children’s minds, awaken their curiosity in science and stimulate global citizenship and tolerance. It uses the sky and children’s natural fascination as a ground to create an international awareness of our place in the universe and our place on Earth.

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IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The mission is to further the use of astronomy as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. This is primarily implemented through funding and coordinating projects that use Astronomy as a tool to address issues related to sustainable development. Since 2013, more than 140 projects have been funded through the annual Call for Proposals.

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