The West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA) is an innovative short course in astronomy for West African university students and school teachers who teach STEM. The school is designed and taught by a team of professional astronomers from West Africa and the rest of the world using educational research principles. Our mission is to build a critical mass of Astronomers and develop a community of scientific leaders in related fields in the West African Region and Africa as a whole. Through WAISSYA, two networks are being established: a mentor network and a network of astronomers who exchange educational ideas and further their own professional development.
Our home institutions are: Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), Centre for Basic Space Science (CBSS, Nigeria), Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, European Southern Observatory, Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute, Kansas State University, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics Germany, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA, Nigeria), University of British Columbia, University of Nigeria Nsukka, and University of the Western Cape