Dear Nabisunsa students,
on 27 September 2013 we visited for one day the Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School. Although Nabisunsa is a Muslim school, it is open as well to Christians and both religions seem to be there in perfect harmony.
When we arrived, 46 girl students were awaiting GalileoMobile in a large classroom. I took them in an interactive journey through the Universe (our opening talk). Pati and I followed by showing them how to use the telescope and project the Sun’s image onto a screen; we were amazed by how fast they were able to do it. Fabio then introduced them to Stellarium, which they loved so much that they didn’t want to stop experimenting with it, zooming into planets and traveling in time. Finally, in the afternoon, we performed two activities from the GalileoMobile’s handbook of activities: mounting a paper equatorial Sundial and an inquiry experiment to find out how the Sun rotates (using printouts of satellite images of the Sun).
I was particularly touched by a group of girls who genuinely want to carry on GalileoMobile in Uganda. What can you dream better than a team of young passionate people, who feel responsible enough to keep on sharing the Galileomobile spirit across their country? Isn’t that a wonderful proof that our spirit of discovery and exchange under the same sky has reached the depth of their hearts? I can only repeat what one of them told us because I felt the same: “I wish every day could be like this one…”
Nabisunsa students, you have been so exceptional in your welcoming, openness and curiosity, that I want to thank you with the following lines, on behalf of GalileoMobile.
You have embraced us
With open eyes and open minds,
We have become cosmic friends.
We will remember you always.
We shall stay connected through the stars.
May your light shine very far,
To spread twinckles of hope
Throughout the Land of Beauty.
Viviane, Rahma, Jocelyn, Ruth, Sarah, Gessi, Barbara, Ghazzi…