Africa cannot afford to remain a net importer of space technologies. African nations can and should be fully in the pilot’s seat of their individual and collective space ambitions, setting their own trajectory to capture the benefits they define and desire. As new and established space enterprises launch innovative initiatives and services, African nations and their citizens will see benefits across the continent.
One of the African countries that is set to benefit most is Kenya. The space programme of Kenya has been largely shaped by Kenya’s Equatorial Range, and has basis of existed foreign infrastructure and experience. As quoted by Andy Weir in his book ‘Artemis’, “One of the biggest impediments to the commercial space industry right now isn’t technology, its policy, I’ve listened to the things that commercial space companies have said and the consistent thing that pretty much everybody says is, it is such a pain in the ass to deal with the policies. That’s always their biggest problem. Kenya, however, doesn’t really have such rules, which could make it the perfect place to base an enormously expensive lunar-launch facility”.
Famous for its savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands., Kenya is also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Our hope and desire is to partner with the government in reviving the space industry in Kenya. We are a Youthful community of space enthusiasts focused on the space sector through forming partnerships to either deliver individual projects, communal or those of the Kenya Space Agency. Soon enough, we shall enroll in a National Space Activity aimed at bringing the space family together. Through this, the registered groups are assured of support in their projects as they will as well be used to run the main projects under this partnership project.
We intend to establish Mentorship Programmes for gifted/talented children/teens and youth. Or better still, facilitate in purchasing/being leased land for the purpose of research, training on matters of astronomy/space etc. Also, space/conference hall for meetings/talks and conferences about the same subject. Safe space for startup, space look-alike/simulation room would come in handy.
As per our mandate, we empower the youth through STEM education. It would be of benefit to us if we could have a Mentorship Programmes for gifted/talented children/teens and youth. To achieve our mission, we intend to:
• Serve as a catalyst for identifying and implementing the best practices for teaching highly able youth
• Advance public knowledge and understanding of the need to enable and nurture society’s most able-minded students
• Support the needs of highly able youth by training teachers, informing parents, and identifying and soliciting the participation of mentors for exceptionally gifted students
• Create partnerships with individuals, foundations, non-profit organizations, businesses, and universities to support the development of highly able students who will advance society as a whole
• Encourage each gifted student to pursue his or her full intellectual and personal potential and develop respect for individual differences
• Take a leadership role in policy-making for gifted youth throughout the nation
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