ANESI concourses to the vision of the Earth Sciences Education Initiative in Africa to trigger the emergence of the new generation of African earth scientists who are equipped with the necessary tools, networks and perspectives to apply sound science to solving and benefiting from the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development.

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Our mission

ANESI works towards increasing the impact of Earth Sciences on the sustainable development of Africa through:

  • Promotion of excellence in earth science education and research;
  • Promotion of earth system science education;
  • Promotion of active collaboration in training, research and capacity building among African Earth Science institutions;
  • Promotion and facilitation of exchanges with Earth Science institutions from outside Africa;
  • Maintenance of a database of African earth science institutions and experts;
  • Promotion of gender equality access to earth science education;
  • Improvement of involvement of African earth scientists in international¬† research projects, and particularly, the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP);
  • Improvement of connections between universities/research institutions and industry;
  • Mobilisation of resources through international cooperation to develop networks of analytical facilities in the region.

Background

Investing in human resource capacity development in Earth Sciences is crucial if Africa is to master its mineral resource knowledge and to make this sector a key driver of its economic growth and social development. UNESCO has acknowledge this relationship between earth sciences and societal well-being in Africa and has launched the new Earth Science Education Initiative for Africa (ESEIA) to trigger the development of the next generation of earth scientists in Africa who are equipped with the necessary tools, networks and perspectives to apply sound science to solving and benefiting from the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. To this end, a series of regional workshops were organised in Africa between 2009 and 2010 to assess regional capacities and needs in earth science education, research and industry in the continent. One of the strongest recommendations from these workshops was the need to strengthen earth science education in Africa trough institutional networking. Then, the earth science community in Africa urged UNESCO to facilitate the establishment of an African Network of Earth Science Institution.