President Maarif Foundation of Turkey keen to work with ECOSF in ECO Region

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Prof. Birol Akgün President Maarif Foundation of Turkey who have Pak-Turk Maarif schools and colleges in Pakistan, visited ECOSF along with his team on 26 February 2019. He was warmly welcomed by the President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro.

Prof. Birol thanked President ECOSF for the warm welcome and expressed his pleasure to visit the Foundation.

President ECOSF briefed Prof. Birol about the establishment of ECOSF and its aims and objectives. He mentioned that Republic of Turkey is the founding member of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) along with Pakistan and Iran earlier known as Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD). The core programmes of ECOSF such as promotion and implementation of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) for STEM subjects, Engineering Qualification Standardization, research in areas of energy, climate change, water, food security and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prof. Soomro also shared with Prof. Akgün that the Foundation has also developed collaboration with renowned regional and international organizations including; La main a la pate Foundation of France,  UNESCO, China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and its Children and Youth Science Center (CYSC), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), Turkic World Educational and Scientific Cooperation Organization (TWESCO), Astana.

Prof. Birol Akgün thanked the Prof. Soomro for attending 14th National Inter-School Maths Olympiad (ISMO) prize distribution ceremony held on February 25, 2019 at Islamabad. He introduced the Maarif Foundation and said that Maarif Foundation aims at elevating Pak-Turk Maarif Schools in Pakistan as an institution that will raise children as individuals of goodwill, enriched with knowledge and wisdom and focus for intending welfare of humanity. Prof. Akgün expressed the happiness about performance of the students of Pak-Turk Maarif Pakistan and wished that the Maarif will put more efforts to make the schools better.

President Maarif Foundation was highly appreciative of the programmes of ECOSF and the achievements gained in a short span of time. He expressed his willingness to work with ECOSF especially for IBSE in ECO Region and proposed to sign MoU between the two Foundations. He also proposed to organize the next ISMO (Inter-School Mathematics Olympiad) jointly in Pakistan and possibly for the students of ECO region, which was agreed in principle by the President ECOSF.

At the end of the meeting, the two Presidents exchanged the souvenirs.

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