IBSE-LAMAP Pilot Center named after Prof. Yves Quere of France opened in Malaysia
An IBSE Pilot Centre in the name of Prof. Yves Quere of Academy of Sciences of France has been inaugurated by the Government of Malaysia and the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) to honour him for his services towards promotion of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) La main a la pate (LAMAP) in France as well in many other countries but especially in Malaysia. Prof. Quere is one of the Co-Founders of LAMAP Foundation under the auspices of Academy of Sciences of France. LAMAP established in 1996 in Paris had developed a methodology called “Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE)” for teaching science through hands on techniques/activities. LAMAP promotes and spreads IBSE methodology in more than 60 countries of the world including Malaysia and the ECO Region. The methodology has significantly changed learning of STEM subjects as it develops critical thinking among the students.
The Pilot Centre has been established at Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia for continuing professional development of STEM teachers. A bust of Prof. Quere was also unveiled and put up in the Pilot Centre named after him.
The programme was launched in Malaysia as an initiative of Academician Dato Dr. (Ir.) Lee Yee Cheong as Chairman of ISTIC Governing Board during early 2000s. Dato Lee is also a member of ECOSF’s International Advisory Board. LAMAP and ISTIC have both been collaborators and supporters of ECOSF in IBSE capacity building in ECO Region. ECOSF congratulates ISTIC and LAMAP on this historical development and highly appreciates the gesture by Malaysian colleagues especially Dato Lee Yee Cheong- the man behind the project. ECOSF Team also pays respects to Prof. Yves Quere and wishes good health and Happy 90th Birthday to him.