ECOSF and SAMEO joint delegation visits Sangmoon High School in South Korea on August 30, 2017
A joint delegation of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and Southeast Asian Ministry of Education Organization (SAMEO) comprising of Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro President ECOSF Dr. R. InderJani Director of SAMEO from Indonesia and Mr. Aphiya Hathem Deputy President of Science Museum of Thailand in Bangkok and Mr. Khalil Raza of ECOSF, Dr. Muhammad Qasim and Mr. Zia Khan as an interpreter from Seoul visited Sangmoon High School on August 30, 2017 in Seoul South Korea. The visit to the school was facilitated by Ms. Na Yeon Lee and Mr. Jung Byoungho of Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity (KOFAC). The delegation was warmly welcomed by Dr Kim Chang Don, Prinicpal of Sangmoon High School (SHS). Dr. Don gave a brief orientation about its various education plans and programs being implemented by the school. SHS is one of the private schools in Seoul imparting quality education with especial focus on science and creativity with state of art laboratories and class-room accessories.
Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro appreciated administration of the schools for providing the opportunity to visit the school and hosting the delegation. Prof. Soomro introduced the members of delegation. He further highlighted the role of ECOSF and its program in promotion science education and S&T at high level and also at the school level. He also elucidated the role of ECOSF and his association with InterAcademy Partnership for Science Education Program (IAP SEP) as member of General Council in promotion of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) across the globe, for which Dr. Inderjani and Ms. Aphya Hathem are also its members. Prof. Soomro emphasized that for advancement of science and technology we need strong science base with focus on learning by doing.
The delegation was showed around the campus to witness how students were being encouraged to make progressive use of state of art technologies and models to stimulate scientific enquiry and inspire curiosity among its students. The SHS school runs dedicated science and arts programs and delivers fundamental concepts to its students under Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program. The SHS school offers specialized programs with focus on nurturing STEAM fields especially in design and development of robots, scaffolding, processing and assembling, high-end astronomical observatory and 3D modeling and printing. The delegation interacted with students and appreciated their curiosity and interest in undertaking STEAM projects.