• ISTIC Honorary Chairman Dato' Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong accompanied the Hon. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science Technology and Innovation Malaysia to NAM S&T Centre, 2 April 2017, New Delhi, India
  • On 3 April 2017, The Hon. Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau and Academician Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong, ISTIC Honorary Chairman attended the Global Science Advisory Council (GSIAC) 2017 Meeting in New Delhi which was chaired by the Malaysian Prime Minister.
  • UNESCO-Malaysia Agreement on ISTIC 2015-2021
    Agreement exchange by H.E. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Hon. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  • Hari UNESCO Malaysia 2016 : "Inclusiveness". The event was graced by the presence of several ministers, secretaries general and Director of UNESCO Office in Jakarta Read More +
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Training Workshop on Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) for Science Teachers

Training Workshop on Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) for Science Teachers
5-9 February 2017, Khartoum, Sudan


H.E. Souad Abdelraziq Mohammed Saeed, the Federal Minister of Education, Sudan (second from left) officiating the workshop

The International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) was invited to conduct the above workshop by the Inter-Academy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP) as part of the major event under comprising a Science Education Policy Forum and the Annual Meeting of the IAP SEP Global Council. The workshop was officiated by H.E. Souad Abdel Razeg, the Federal Minister of Education. Two facilitators from Ministry of Education Malaysia i.e. Dr. Koay Suan See and Mr. Abdul Muhaimin Osman conducted the training. Thirty five participants, comprising science educators from Sudan and Egypt attended the workshop. Of these, ten came from schools in the Kenana Sugar Company in Sudan, and one from an international school. The rest were from government schools. Participants from Egypt were from the Ministry of Education.
 
The workshop focused on the principles of IBSE and hands-on activities which allowed participants to familiarise themselves on the practice of IBSE. The workshop also introduced the contribution of discoveries in Islamic countries and discussed these contributions to modern science. An important component of the workshop was micro-teaching in which participants were required to prepare a lesson and carry it out in the class. They were given roles to play as teachers which involves preparing the lessons, as students and as observers. This was done in rotation. 
 
In all, due to the time constraints only three micro-teaching lessons were able to take place. This experience provided the participants an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the workshop and demonstrate their understanding of IBSE.
 
Included in the workshop were presentations by two outstanding professors from India and China i.e. Professor K. Ramasubramanian who is an expert in Mathematics and Astronomy from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and Prof. Sun Xiaochun,  an expert in the History of Science and History of Astronomy from the Institute of Natural History, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The presentations added further insights into astronomy which was one of the activities covered in the training workshops.
 
Prof. K. Ramasubramanian from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay delivering his talk on Astronomy during the workshop
 
Presentation on Astronomy in Ancient China by Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
 

The workshop was very well-received and participants found the activities interesting, beneficial and useful in their work despite the language difficulty for some.  Some participants felt the duration of the workshop was too short.