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Sindh to recruit Junior Science Teachers in Elementary Schools

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Sindh to recruit Junior Science Teachers in Elementary Schools

Sindh Education Department will recruit specialized science teachers for these schools. Each school will have three dedicated teachers: one for computer science and two for general science subjects

Karachi, Sindh

Secretary Education Sindh Zahid Ali Abbasi has announced that the Sindh School Education and Literary Department (SELD) would initiate Middle Teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) for informal and non-formal education, and is planning to reform the examination system.

“The next initiative will be to introduce junior science leaders in elementary schools. To achieve this, SELD will recruit specialized science teachers for these schools. Each school will have three dedicated teachers: one for computer science and two for general science subjects,” he said while addressing the STEAM Symposium 2024 organized by Thar Education Alliance (TEA), in collaboration with the School Education and Literacy Department, Reform Support Unit (RSU), and UNICEF at Karachi on Friday May 24, 2024.

STEAM-Sindh Courier-3Additional Secretary SELD, Dr. Fouzia Khan said that the Sindh Youth STEAM Festival provided valuable opportunities for students in Sindh to showcase their talents. It was a great success for SELD and its supporting partners, opening new avenues in STEAM education. Over 12,000 students participated in these festivals, with more events planned for the future.

Asif Abrar from UNICEF stated that the objectives of this symposium are to review the recommendations from experts at the Festival and propose actionable steps to the relevant stakeholders. Additionally, it aims to recognize the achievements of adolescents and young people, particularly noting the strong interest from female students in remote, marginalized communities.

Mads Sorensen, UNICEF’s Regional Advisor, Adolescent Participation, Skills and Employability, stated that witnessing the talent of students in STEAM is exciting. Young people need support for equal opportunities, as they are the leaders of both today and the future. They have dreams, and organizations like ours need to ensure that these dreams come true.

Partab Shivani, Chief Executive Officer of Thar Education Alliance (TEA), expressed that their journey began in Mithi, Tharparkar, back in 2017 with a one-day science festival. This event became a significant activity for the town, leading TEA to organize similar festivals in various parts of the region, eventually culminating in the Sindh Science Festival in Karachi.

These efforts have produced 18 junior scientists, and with the support of UNICEF, RSU, SELD, and the STEAM working committee, more scientists will be nurtured. These young scientists are stars who will shine even brighter in the future.

STEAM-Sindh Courier-1During a panel discussion on ‘Technical Dialogue with STEAM Experts,’ speakers including Sana Kazimi, Abdul Majeed Bhurt, Afia Salem, Azmat Hafeez, and others emphasized the urgent need for a dedicated policy for STEAM education to be initiated by the Sindh Government. They pointed out that in remote areas of Sindh, where students often dislike mathematics, there is a critical need for trained STEAM teachers who can inspire students and foster a love for learning. The speakers also advocated for the systematic implementation of learning and the continuity of festivals like this one.

They noted that talent is abundant, as evidenced by the innovation and energy displayed by students at the festival and symposium. However, it is crucial to invest in guiding this knowledge towards the right avenues. While the Science Lab initiative by SELD and the hiring of subject specialist teachers are positive steps, many gray areas still need to be addressed.

Around 18 stories of winning students from three festivals were showcased at the event. The diverse participation encouraged every student’s confidence, as they came from humble backgrounds. Despite their circumstances, their science projects and level of understanding were amazing. In the closing ceremony of the event shields and awards were distributed among the students and speakers. (PR)

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