The first-ever two-day Sindh Science Festival is being organized in Karachi at NED University February 10 to Feb 11 for public and private schoolchildren and families in Karachi to explore, learn and celebrate discoveries in science and scientific milestones in Pakistan. Thar Education Alliance (TEA) is organizing this festival with the collective efforts of Sindh Education and Literacy Department (SELD) in collaboration with the national and international organizations which are working on STEM education and NED University Karachi.
Speaking to the media Mr Partab Shivani, the Chief Executive Officer (TEA) emphasized that the education system of Sindh needed to work towards preparing future generations with advancement of Science and 21st century skills. ” These festivals will help to create school-university and school-industry linkages to have young students pick up interest in fields of science,” he added.
‘Moreover, TEA has been involved in successfully executing science festivals and activities in Tharparkar, Larkana and Thatta and those events proved to be huge successes, with over 100,000 students and teachers participating altogether’ he added. Shivani added that all those events were appreciated and covered by national and international media, as well as endorsed by major political parties of Pakistan. Rohan Kumar Khatwani, created a “world record” by arranging periodic tables in the shortest time at Islamabad Science Festival.
Shivani said that he believed that students did maintain interest and talent in science, but government schools lacked the resources to support their interests and subsequently, failed to improve learning outcomes. ” The Education Department and the Sindh Government should take STEM education as their prime priority in the budget” he added. . However, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should have to integrate educational concerns in their business operations and interactions with their stakeholders.t ” It can bring sustainability to achieve the goals of SDG 4 which is prioritizing equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities” he added.
He said that through this festival they would urge the government to allocate *X*pc of the GDP for STEM education in the upcoming budget. And make a strategy to plan such kinds of festivals on provincial and district level annually.
Students from all over Sindh will set up stalls at the festival where they will exhibit their science models. Appreciation awards will be given to the best teachers and students for their extraordinary efforts in encouraging STEM education in their respective areas.