ECOSF and PAEC held a meeting to review and discuss on-going collaboration for implementation of IBSE in PAEC School System
A meeting was held at the Headquarters of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on 2 January 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to review the on-going program for implementation of the Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) activities in the schools of PAEC in collaboration with ECOSF. The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, President ECOSF, Maj Gen (R) Ghulam Qamar, Member (Admin) PAEC; Dr. Muhammad Masood ul Hassan, Member (Science), PAEC; Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Director (Education), PAEC and Mr. Ghulam Abbas, Assistant Director, ECOSF. Member (Admin) PAEC warmly welcomed the distinguished guests.
After the welcome, President ECOSF briefly introduced the Foundation and its programme. He mentioned that the IBSE programme is a flagship programme of the Foundation which was launched in June 2015 in ECO region from Astana-Kazakhstan. The programme is successfully run in Pakistan and Iran. He further said that the programme is being expanded in other countries of ECO region. He further said that after meeting with the then Chairman PAEC Dr. Ansar Pervez in 2014, the IBSE program was initiated in PAEC schools in 2015. Since then, the programme is undergoing and expanding successfully.
Member Admin thanked the Foundation and Prof. Soomro in his personal capacity for fostering the IBSE program in PAEC Education System through training of core PAEC teachers as Master Trainers. He delightfully shared that the program is successfully under going in the schools and so far 68 teachers have been trained on IBSE methodology. He further shared that the IBSE methodology is being introduced in more schools of the Commission.
Prof. Soomro appreciated the efforts and dedication of PAEC for continuity of IBSE program and training for more teachers on IBSE. He suggested that the various modules based on local examples and materials should be prepared and the resource centres can be developed for easy access of the teachers and students for the demonstration of IBSE in the class. He further suggested that the PAEC services may be provided to nearby schools for training of teachers. President ECOSF informed the PAEC management that ECOSF is collaborating with Cantt Garrison Schools, thus, the Foundation is willing to utilize the services of Master Trainers of PAEC for imparting training to the teachers of Cantt Garrison Schools. Apart from this, the services of PAEC Master Trainers can be utilized in ECO region. President ECOSF assured PAEC team for maximum possible support of the Foundation for enhancement of IBSE program in PAEC Education System.
The management of PAEC praised the proposal of ECOSF and agreed in principle. At the end, Member (Admin) on behalf of Chairman PAEC presented shield of PAEC to President ECOSF.