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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. 
 
Presentation on Discoveries in Islamic Countries by Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin, Director of ISTIC
 
 
Dr. Koay Suan See and Mr. Abdul Muhaimin Osman, the facilitators of the training workshop
 
Hand-on activity on Raising Questions
 
Hand-on activity on Discoveries in Islamic Countries: The Water Pump – How to draw water from the river
 
 
Presentation by participants
 
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.
 
Participant doing Micro Teaching
 
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.
 
Apart from training, participants also attended the IBSE policy forum which centred on the Fusion of Civilisation Curriculum Design and the Zika and Mosquito – Borne Diseases curriculum design.
 
H.E. Mustafa Hj Mansor, the Malaysian Ambassador to Sudan also paid a visit to the workshop.
 
Mr. Ahmed Obeid Hassan, the Education, Training & Development Advisor of Kenana Sugar Company expressed interest for the ISTIC Team to hold a similar workshop for its teachers in the near future.
 
Certificates were awarded by Mr. AbdulGadir Noureddin, the Secretary-General of the Sudanese National Commission who also gave the closing address.