5-day Workshop on Inquiry Based Science Education Concludes

Modern teaching techniques vital to science culture: Secretary S&T

ISLAMABAD (September 9, 2016): A 5-day capacity building workshop for master trainers (teachers) on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) concluded at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) on September 9, 2016.

Federal Secretary Science and Technology Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. The training programme, organized by PSF in collaboration with Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Embassy of France was attended by over 57 master trainers from all over the country. Experts from France conducted this workshop.

Mr. Maken said strengthening science base of the students at primary and middle level in the country is imperative for promoting science culture in the country and produce best scientists and technologists. He said only able, dedicated teachers well equipped with latest methods and techniques of science education could strengthen the science base of the students which is vital to develop the element of critical thinking among students. He said to achieve this objective the training of teachers is a must in order to revolutionize the prevalent methods of science teaching. He said critical thinking among students could not be developed unless they are encouraged to ask questions and find their answers in their own way by providing them opportunity of thinking with open mind. He said only dedicated and able teachers could change the old mindset of teaching which discourages students to ask questions.

He hoped that the master trainers would implement the inquiry based science education system in their educational institutions.

PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf highlighted the Foundation’s new initiatives for strengthening base of science students in the country right from primary education level. He said that without strengthening base of science students by improving the status of science labs in schools and brining change in teaching methodology which is based on cramming, the targets of socio-economic development through science could not be achieved. He expressed his resolve to improve the status of science labs in schools with the help of national and international organizations in order to provide students best opportunities of learning science through observation, experimentation and inquiry.

Dr. Ashraf said that the Workshop was aimed at creating awareness about the philosophy and 10 principles of IBSE, experiencing the process of inquiry-based science teaching and learning through various IBSE lesson examples and activities and it will help a lot to generate students’ interest in science.

ECOSF President Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro said that IBSE approach is used for teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at schools with the objective to instill the willingness of children for exploring new ideas through observation, evidence and logic. He said that ECOSF is also striving hard to improve the capacity of teachers through training programmes. He urged the stakeholders to adopt a holistic approach and make joint efforts to strengthen base of science students at their early age.

Representatives of French Embassy, British Council Pakistan and French Resource Persons also addressed the closing ceremony of the workshop.

At the end the chief Guest distributed participation certificates among the participants.

Federal Secretary S&T Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken presides over closing ceremony of IBSE workshop at Pakistan Science Foundation on 9-9-2016.

PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf addresses closing ceremony of IBSE workshop at Pakistan Science Foundation on 9-9-2016.
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