The African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI) aspires to make Earth science knowledge and information accessible and useful to all in Africa. To this end, ANESI will work towards high quality research and training through collaboration and partnership among Earth science institutions in and outside Africa. This will be achieved through the following objectives:
- To facilitate exchange and collaboration in research and education among member institutions
Communication and exchange among African institutions is a pre-requisite for capacity building in Earth science research and education in Africa. Increasing the visibility of institutions, will help facilitate information sharing, access to infrastructure and development of joint research and training programmes.
- To promote the use of modern technology and systems approach in Earth science research and education
Current challenges in utilizing Earth resources and sustaining the environment requires understanding Earth as a system. The training of a new generation of Earth scientists equipped with modern tools and approaches should therefore be a crucial component of any Earth science research and education Programme in Africa.
- To facilitate linkages between universities, research institutions and industries
Creating a platform where universities and research institutions may link up with the industry will promote Earth science academia and industry collaborations. From the perspective of the Earth science institutions, such collaborations will enhance research and innovation relevant to the needs of the industry and society, as well as improve the career opportunities for Earth science graduates. In addition to suitably trained graduates, industries may also find in such collaborations opportunities for enhanced social corporate investment.
- To promote Earth science education in primary and secondary schools
To increase the impact of Earth science knowledge in the everyday life of people in Africa, it is crucial to introduce the basic concepts of this discipline from an early age through capacity building of teachers and other stakeholders. This will translate into the emergence of a future generation of African ‘Earth stewards’ with better-equipped students joining universities and Earth science institutions.
- To promote gender equality in access to Earth science education
Though the trend of the enrolment of women in Earth science programmes at undergraduate level shows an increase in African universities, enrolment at post-graduate level remains generally low relative to that of men. Affirmative award Programmes could help attract best performing women students to pursue post-graduate education and career in Earth sciences.