IAP SEP Global Council Chairman and ECOSF President meet the Director of Institute for History of Natural Sciences (IHNS) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

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While in China, during the launching ceremony of the “Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop”, Chairman of the Global Council of Inter Academy Partnership-Science Education Programme (IAP-SEP) Dato Dr. Lee Yee Cheong and President of ECO Science Foundation Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro visited the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences (IHNS) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on 19 Dec 2017 and met the Director Prof. Zhang Baichun and his team.

The Director welcomed the visiting officials and gave a briefing on history and development of the institute. The IHNS was established in 1950s, which is unique of its own kind in the whole Asia Pacific region.

Dato Lee briefed Prof. Zhang Baichun about the joint efforts of IAP-SEP and ECOSF and the Chinese Institutions under the CAST for promotion of inquiry based science education (IBSE) and looked for stronger cooperation of IHNS of CAS in developing designing a global school curriculum for peace based on “Fusion of Civilizations”.

Dr. Soomro briefed Prof. Zhang Baichun about ECOSF, its programmes and activities for promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation and Science Education (IBSE) in the ECO region.

It is pertinent to mention that the IHNS, CAST and ECOSF are collaborating with IAP SEP to develop science education curriculum based on “Fusion of Civilizations” by engaging curriculum design experts and historians of Science & Technology. The aim of developing such a curriculum is to inculcate peace and harmony through evidence based science education for children in the light of the current conflict and increase in violence in societies, and terrorism resulting in atrocities and displaces persons. The objective of development of this curriculum is to foster peace right at the beginning of young children by employing Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) approach among the countries that share a common heritage of the ancient Silk Road. It was mutually agreed, that the three institutions will continue to cooperate and collaborate in the future for promotion of history of science in the region.

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