Training Course on Earth and Space Science for Sustainable Development

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Until now, human life hardly depends on the natural resources, especially fossil fuels. It has been started since the industrialization era in which our needs of energy were so rapidly increasing. Although this kind of development gives us the comfortable way of living nowadays, we are also still threatened by natural disasters such as volcano eruption, storms, floods, and many others. Moreover, our ineffective and inefficient use of fossil fuels leads us to the current global issue to climate change. As the space science technology is developing time after time, it is expected that those kinds of natural and “man-made” disaster could be predicted to save life and thus increase the sustainability of human being in the future.

SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Science conducted the training on earth and space science for sustainable development to improve the competence of science teacher in understanding the space science and technology with regard to the sustainability of human life on earth and thus in the long term may support the sustainable development. The training was conducted from 4 – 13 August 2015, and took place in Marbella Suites Dago Hotel, Bandung West Java, Indonesia. It was attended by school teachers from Southeast Asia Countries, consisting of participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor Leste, and 23 teachers from Indonesia. The resource persons in the training were astronomers, former minister, lecturer and teacher trainer.

The Centre greatest expectation is that this course programme can fully facilitate science teachers’ needs to set an outstanding knowledge and skills on what is really happening to our earth today and what kind of technology, especially the space technology, to overcome the global threat of climate change impacting the human life all over the globe.