The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program kicked off its annual Africa Regional Meeting in Togo on June 4. U.S. Ambassador to Togo and the Togolese Environment Minister joined the GLOBE Implementation Office Director for an opening ceremony to commemorate a week of training on GLOBE protocols at the American Corner on the campus of the University of Lome. Representatives from 18 African countries and the U.S. participated. It was the first time Togo has hosted a regional GLOBE event since joining the GLOBE network earlier this year.
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. GLOBE was launched on Earth Day in 1995 and there are now more than 30,000 schools participating.
In Togo, the rollout of the GLOBE program will begin in five pilot schools spread across the country. Each school will receive a kit of specialized equipment to collect samples of soil, water, air, and plant life, analyze the data, and put it on the GLOBE platform where scientists can study it. Another kit will be housed in Mo-Lab, the U.S. Embassy’s mobile STEM learning center.