President ECOSF held a virtual meeting with Smithsonian Science Education Center USA on August 22, 2017
Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro President, ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) held an online meeting with Ms. Katherin Pedersen Blanchard of Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) based in Washington D.C. USA. SSEC works to improve the teaching and learning of science for K-12 students using Inquiry Based Science Education throughout the United States, and globally across 25 countries. SSEC develops innovative new curriculum, conducts Summer Science Academies for Teachers at the Smithsonian museums and labs, and fosters science education leadership among school and community leaders. SSEC provide support to school education systems in the US and across the globe through Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model, which leads to higher student achievement in science and improved science teaching and learning. The meeting was held to discuss possible areas of cooperation between ECOSF and SSEC.
Both sides agreed to cooperate with each other to promote the culture of Inquiry Based Science Education, and introduce innovative teaching methodologies to stimulate curiosity among students, which is key to success for future generations. Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro emphasized there is a need to shift the culture to Inquiry Based Science Education whereas the curriculum can be a key to promote “Global Peace and Harmony” by educating children about different cultures and civilizations to nurture future generations to show them that all humans are same under the skin and no culture or civilization is superior or inferior that others. This aspect particularly needs attention with reference to Islamic culture, as the Book of Islam- Quran or Prophet of Islam always promoted education for males and females alike, he added. The meeting ended on a positive note and both sides looked forward to strengthening collaboration with each other to promote science education.