African Gong or Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication, it is an NPO that has the support of UNESCO to work across the whole African continent through a prism of development of scientific communication, especially for the public who lives far away from universities. Its main goal is to encourage the creation, dissemination and use of science and technology for the sustainable development of the African continent, generating social inclusion and cultural and political engagement. Professor André Ramos, representing the Imagine Project and Latin America, has been nominated as the new African Gong ambassador for Latin America, a position that facilitates the future actions of the Imagine Project on a global level.
A country with strong historical, ethnic, linguistic and cultural similarities with Brazil, links that were particularly intense in the formative period of the two nations, between the XVII and XIX centuries, besides Angola is also considered to be one of the main partners of Brazil in the African continent today. In the Namib Desert, south of Angola, region of Kuroco, CE.DO in collaboration with UAN and UFSC, has been developing a pioneering work with the local population of shepherds. The work of CE.DO, which has anthropological, social and environmental focus, will facilitate the actions of the Imagine project in this region, visited by professor André Ramos in 2013. In 2015, the project coordinator was invited to visit the UJES, in the Huambo county, the second largest city in the country. The UJES leaders intend to finance a pilot project in partnership with Imagine, in order to structure teaching laboratories in the institution and train local professors and technicians to carry out scientific activities around Huambo.
RDH – Association les Rangs d’Honneur
The institutional relations of UFSC with the universities in the Magreb region, as well as with all others in the whole Arab were practically inexistent until today. However, we believe that both regions have much to benefit from a scientific, cultural and academic approach. Morocco, a country of ancient culture formed basically by Berbers, Arab and European influences, currently by the rule of King Mohammed VI, who succeeded his father in 1999, goes through a particularly favorable period for scientific and social development represented in the last years by the INDH (Initiative Nationale du Développement Humain). In this context, UFSC has chosen Morocco and UHIIC as pioneering partners in this new phase of its international relations with North Africa. At UHIIC, scientific popularization actions have already been carried out for the benefit of young people from the Moroccan countryside. These actions have yielded Professor Afaf Mikou the 2010 “Purkwa” International Prize, designed by the Nobel Prize in Physics G. Charpak and offered by the French Academy of Sciences, which rewards the scientific literacy of the children on the planet.
The Ministry, through the program “Creating the Mozambican Scientists of Tomorrow“, is in the process of signing an official partnership with the Imagine Project. The program aims to create new scientists by developing a spirit of inquisition and research, being one of the methods the organization of Science fairs and technological innovation of national scope. These fairs are an opportunity for recognition and financial assistance to high school students who want to walk the path of science. The Imagine Project has supported this and other Mozambican government initiatives.
The Network for Popularization of Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (RedPOP) is the most important community about the practice and reflection on scientific dissemination in Latin America and the Caribbean, working through regional cooperation mechanisms that facilitate the exchange, training and use of resources among its members. Science museums, interactive science center, Natural science museums, environmental parks, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, scientific journalism programs, scientific dissemination and non-formal education in universities, NGOs, and others are part of RedPOP. In 2016, the Imagine Project became a member of RedPOP.
City Administration of Calca
Peru, despite being among South American countries with the biggest economic growth in the 2000s and presenting numerous historical and social similarities with Brazil, is one of the countries of that region with which UFSC still keeps an incipient academic relation. In a country whose social relations have a strong ethnic component, the UAC stands out as a teaching institution strongly identified with the regional development and the Andean ancestral culture. The UAC represented South America in project Imagine by enabling together with the city administration of Calca, the participation of the indigenous communities of Sacllo and Rayampata.