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Education Ministry To Promote STEAM Learning In Schools

The Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoFEPT) has launched an initiative to improve the learning outcomes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in middle and high schools across the country. Give students a chance to prepare for university education.

According to a press release, as a step in this direction, the Ministry of Education on Tuesday signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) here, connecting eight leading higher education institutions.

These institutions include National Textile University, Faisalabad, NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizers Research, Faisalabad, NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan, Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design, Lahore, Federal College of Education, Islamabad, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, and National Skills University, Islamabad.

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Federal Secretary Education Naheed S. Durrani, Vice Chancellors of these universities besides other officials and Malala Fund’s Pakistan Director Javed Ahmad Malik were also present at the signing ceremony.

The Secretary of Education said, “Universities, with their expertise and resources such as qualified faculty members, laboratories, maker spaces, studios, wider educational ecosystem, and significant geographical spread of student population, present a unique opportunity. Do what the ministry has. At the school level, STEAM seeks to leverage the advancement of education. ”

He added that his desire was for 100,000 school children and 5,000 teachers who would be directly affected by the collaboration within the first year of the partnership.

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The Education Secretary noted that several Pakistani universities already have dialogue and outreach programs to target schools. “These range from adoption or operation of K-10 schools to summer campus and engineering entrance preparation courses. However, there is no established framework for university-school collaboration,” he added. ۔

Additional Secretary Education Mohi-ud-Din Ahmad Wani said that this was the first time in Pakistan that a framework of university-school engagements had been developed with the specific objective of targeting improvement in stem learning in accordance with best international practice.

“This framework is designed to ensure that our girls do not lag behind in getting a modern education,” he commented.

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The vice-chancellors of partner universities have welcomed the move, believing it would give the school’s students a chance to prepare for university. In the long run, such programs are also likely to strengthen university outreach and strengthen their communities by attracting more students from diverse backgrounds to their STEAM programs.

The move is part of Stem Pakistan’s intervention, for which the Malala Fund is also supporting the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. As part of this collaboration, a policy unit led by Pak Alliance for Science and Math PAMS has been set up in the ministry to provide technical assistance to the government.

In his remarks, Javed Malik emphasized the need to involve high schools with industry leaders, universities, science promoters as well as various players including media and CSOs in order to promote science education in society.

He added, “If provided, the missing elements in high school education, such as the use of effective laboratories, therapeutic education, arts, and sports, have the potential to change the learning experience of students, especially girls.

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