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With its combination of social, educational and scientific goals, EU-UNAWE is a unique programme.

Professor George Miley from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and Chairman of EU-UNAWE


A child's early years are widely regarded to be the most important for their development and education. The idea behind EU-UNAWE is to educate children aged
4-10 years (especially those from underprivileged communities) about astronomy, because it embodies a unique combination of scientific and cultural aspects:

  • Our awe-inspiring Universe captures the imagination of children, making it a great stepping-stone to introduce youngsters to science and technology. Indeed, many scientists can trace their interest in science to a moment as a young child when they were first introduced to the wonders of the cosmos.
  • Considering the vastness and beauty of the Universe and our place within it provides a special perspective that can help broaden the mind and stimulate a sense of global citizenship and tolerance.