Ahead of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP27), which will be held in Egypt from 7 to 18 November 2022, the Royal Meteorological Society in the UK has helped the newly founded African Meteorological Society (AfMS) produce a suite of learning resources for their website africanmetsociety.org.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” …Nelson Mandela
In 2021, with assistance from the International Forum of Meteorological Societies, the Meteorological Societies in Africa established a permanent organisation – the African Meteorological Society (AfMS). The AfMS aims to bring local knowledge from all the individual societies to cooperate, build capacity, and share best practices in the field of weather and climate across Africa.
The AfMS aspires to organise education and training events, share resources, host conferences, and encourage science and technology collaborations. It will pay particular attention to those aspects of meteorology which can be solved only on an Africa-wide basis or are best approached on that scale.
The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) is supporting the African Meteorological Societywith its vision for strengthening the meteorological capacity in Africa, recognising that training is of central importance. We would also like to thank the American Meteorological Society for their support in developing the webpages.
There is a lot of useful learning material already available online, and a small RMetS team of experts has collated, reviewed and grouped over 70 learning resources for different audiences. The new learning portal offers a suite of materials and learning resources and provides a clear, single point of reference for people across Africa to access recommended courses and resources that have been subject to expert scrutiny.
Altogether, there are seven lists of learning resources, each one developed with a specific audience in mind e.g. school children and teachers. In every list, there is some detail about each resource, such as who created it. There is also a brief description of what it contains, the languages it is available in, a website link, and the connectivity requirements for accessing the resource. Each list can be used online or downloaded from the website.
More detail about the project and links to resources can be found here.