by Pati F. Spinelli
Exactly four years ago, I read this African proverb on a wall at the Johannesburg airport when waiting for a connecting flight to Uganda. “Very wise”, I thought at that time. A few hours later, I met my GalileoMobile friends and we started the project “In the Land of Beauty” (2013) in that country.
A long time has passed since I first read the proverb and another project is currently running. However, this time, in the island of Cyprus. The “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” (2017) is a joint astronomy outreach project run by GalileoMobile and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research. On 23-26 of November, the team will promote a second round of astronomy activities with students and teachers of both Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities of the island to transmit a message of peace and mutual understanding.
In this upcoming visit, we will be able to deliver the GalileoMobile handbook of activities in the two languages spoken in the country, so that teachers and local collaborators can keep running their own events and activities once we leave the island.
The translations of the activities from English were only possible because of the work of several dedicated volunteers who have joined us in this endeavor. Having a Greek and Turkish version of this handbook is a reason to celebrate!
We owe a huge thank you to Berk Calli, Ozlem Unver, Yenal Ogmen, Ahmet Talat Saygac, Zeynep Karul, Andreas Gregoriou, Francesca Fragkoudi and Eva Ntormousi for that!