Global Council Meeting of InterAcademy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP) hosted by ECOSF
ECO Science Foundation hosted the Global Council (GC) of InterAcademy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP) was held on 10 April 2018 at Marriott Hotel Islamabad-Pakistan under the auspices of Pakistan Academy of Sciences. The main focus IAP SEP is the promotion of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) and also the improvement of science literacy among the general population through national academies of sciences. The meeting was chaired by Senior Academician Dato Ir. Lee Yee Cheong of Malaysia who is also the Chairman of Academy of Engineering and Technology of Developing World (AETDEW) and welcomed all the participants. The meeting was attended by GC Members viz., Mustafa El-Tayeb (Sudan), Manzoor H. Soomro (Pakistan), Indarjani (Indonesia), Aphiya Hathayatham (Thailand), He Zhu (China), Nurhanani Zainuddin (ASM Malaysia representing Hazami Habib), Ex-officio Members (Mooha Lee (AASA- South Korea), Jacqueline Olang Kado (NASAC- Kenya) and Invited Guests (Abdul Rashid of Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Tasneem Anwar (Fusion of OBOR Civilizations School Curriculum Design - Pakistan).
During the meeting, various administrative and strategic decisions including adoption of the agenda of last meeting, the progress of the programmes, and future plans were made. Prof. Mustafa El-Tayeb of Sudan was also elected as new Chair of the GC for three years as tenure of the current chair (Dato Lee) has completed this year (2018). The Chairman gave an overview of the Zika Disease Curriculum Design project undertaken by the Smithsonian Science Education Centre, with funding support from Moore Foundation and the Smithsonian Institute.
The Chair (Dato Lee) thanked ECOSF for hosting the meeting and providing wonderful arrangements and facilitation.