Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science (PAMS) Meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on March 1, 2018 at Prime Minister Secretariat

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Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science, an Alif Ailaan project organized a meeting with the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on March 1, 2018 at Prime Minister Secretariat. Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science (PAMS) is a collective of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations invested in maths and science learning for the sake the country’s future.  The meeting was organized to present a set of recommendation to the Prime Minister stressing on the government to help improve the state of learning in maths and science at school level. The panel members emphasized to believe, that every child receives quality education as per the Article 25- A of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The group of experts which included practitioners, scientists, and advocates from all over Pakistan comprised of Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro President of ECO Science Foundation, Prof. Dr. Nelofer Halai from the Institute of Education (IED) of the Agha Khan University Karachi, Dr. Faisal Khan from the University of Peshawar, Mr. Abdul Rauf the CEO of Pakistan Science Club, Ms. Lalah Rukh CEO of Science Fuse, Ms. Nida Athar CEO of Pakistan Innovation Foundation, Ms. Saima Zaidi from Habib University Karachi, Mr. Pratab Shivani CEO of Thar Education Alliance, Mr. Junaid Dahar CEO of Sindh Education Alliance and Mr. Mosharraf Zaidi, Ms. Nimra Tariq and Mr. Salman Naveed Khan from Alif Ailaan.

The recommendations that was presented to the Prime Minister included; appointment of a Chief Scientist/Science Advisor to Prime Minister at his Secretariat, the placement of the issue of maths and science learning on the agenda of the Council for Common Interests (CCI), appointing “Science & Technology Ambassadors” who would act as stewards of Pakistan’s aspirations in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Climate Change, Biotechnology and Genetics, the strengthening of the Pakistan Science Foundation, and the establishment of Maths and Science Centers at all public libraries within the domain of the Federal Government.

The Prime Minister was very receptive and said that, “Math and Science are integral to the country’s future, and our current education system is not adequately delivering the skills our children need”. The Prime Minister assured the PAMS members that the recommendations of the Alliance would be considered despite the short duration of the existing government’s remaining tenure.

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