UNICEF Launches UniSat Nanosatellites Program for Girls

05 March 2020
UNICEF/Marat Zhunusbekov

March 04, 2020, Nur-Sultan / Almaty - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Science and Technology Park of Al-Farabi KazNU launched an educational project for girls on the development of UniSat nanosatellites on the eve of International Women's Day.

The aim of UniSat project is to develop the knowledge and competencies of girls in the development of nanosatellites, as well as to improve such skills as teamwork, public speaking, time management and creativity.

 “Innovation and skills development among young people and the promotion of gender equality are very important for UNICEF. This year, the world celebrates 25th anniversary since the adoption of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to expand and promote the rights of girls and women. Despite the certain progress that has been achieved, almost every fourth girl from 15 to 19 years old in the world is not employed and is not involved in the educational process. We see opportunities to apply innovations to solve key global problems. Therefore, the participation of girls in the nanosatellite program is a step towards a new era for girls and women. We believe the UniSAT program results will allow achieving cosmic changes in society,” Veronika Vashchenko, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Kazakhstan, said at the opening ceremony.

As part of the UniSat project, 20 girls aged 14 to 35 years from different regions of Kazakhstan will undertake courses on the creation of a nanosatellite within five months in the Science and Technology Park of Al-Farabi KazNU. The course will cover such important stages of creating any spacecraft as engineering, design, programming, assembling, testing and launch. By the end of the project, the participants will create models of nanosatellites that will be launched into the upper atmosphere.

Zhaniya Koshkimbayeva, 14 years old, a program participant: “I am so glad to have this amazing opportunity of learning how to build nanosatellites. There is only one chance in a million like that. This program will allow me to make a breakthrough in my development, as well as of all project participants. I believe nanosatellites are the most effective, affordable and easy way to solve many problems of our world. For example, nanosatellites are capable of delivering the right materials to inaccessible places, including spacecraft. I hope that such knowledge will help me launch my nanotechnology project in the future.”

“The UniSat project is the first joint project of the Science and Technology Park and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan. Today, nanosatellites are being developed at many world's leading universities and commercial organizations. We believe that this joint project will be another important step in the development of STEM education for girls in Kazakhstan and will become an example for the transformation of experience in other countries,” Amirkhan Adilkhanovich Temirbaev, the Director of the Science and Technology Park of Al-Farabi KazNU, said.

# Notes for editors

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) protects the rights and well-being of every child in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Kazakhstan, visit www.unicef.org/kazakhstan. Follow UNICEF Kazakhstan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


About Science and Technology Park of Al-Farabi KazNU

Technopark is directly integrated with the activities of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University - the flagship of the country's university system for the preparation of competitive highly qualified personnel. Technopark has specialized research equipment for applied and fundamental research in natural and technical sciences (physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and many others).

For more information, please, contact:

Assel Saduova, UNICEF Public Relations Specialist in Kazakhstan, tel.: +7 777 881 05 47; asaduova@unicef.org

Svetlana Umyrgaleyeva, Leading Specialist, Corporate Media Management, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, tel .: +7 727 377 31 48; Svetlana.Umyrgaleyeva@kaznu.kz

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UNICEF Kazakhstan
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