Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) 25-29 September 2017, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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As an initiative of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) programme was launched in the ECO region in June 2015 with an IBSE Capacity Building workshop for national programme leaders in Astana-Kazakhstan. The programme was launched with collaboration and cooperation of national governments/organizations and international partners; viz., La main à la pâte of France, the International Science, Technology and Innovation Center for South–South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia, the Inter- Academy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

Subsequently, the national capacity building workshops have been organized in Pakistan (Sept 2016), Iran (Jan 2017) and as well as holding of High Level Forum on IBSE in Pakistan (May 2017).

Now, Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) is being organized in Dushanbe, Tajikistan from September 25-29, 2017 jointly by ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Government of Tajikistan through Tajik State of Pedagogical University named after Sadriddin Aini in collaboration with Inter Academy Partnership – Science Education Programme (IAP-SEP), Academy of Sciences of Republic of Tajikistan, and International Science, Technology & Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC). This proposed Regional Capacity Building Workshop on IBSE in Dushanbe, Tajikistan is continuity and part of this program as one of the flagship projects of ECOSF in the region and beyond in order to strengthen the science base for advance S&T research and higher education in the ECO member countries..

Main purpose of the workshop is to address inquiry-based science education issues, strategies for innovation in educational practices and strategies for generalisation into educational systems. The workshop will focus especially on the continuous professional development of teachers as Master Trainers with reference to IBSE approach of LAMAP who will subsequently lead the programme and implement in their schools initially at primary level.

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