April 4, 2012
Islamabad, April 4, 2012: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Institute of Science & Technical Institute (NISTE) organized a closing seminar in a local hotel here at Islamabad for its joint venture project for "Promotion of Student Centered and Inquiry Based Science Education" in Pakistan.
The key concept of the general science curriculum 2006 is Student Centered and Inquiry Based (SCIB) Science Education learning. However, most of teachers are unfamiliar with the SCIB concept and do not have much opportunities to equip themselves with new teaching methods in line with the new curriculum 2006.
To cope with this challenge, the Government of Pakistan, in line with the said curriculum for Grades 4th to 8th requested the Government of Japan for provision of technical expertise for SCIB. Thus, a "Student Centered and Inquiry Based Science Education Project" with a mandate to develop and streamline lesson plans for teachers, train them and encourage them to share and implement the learned skill back in their institutions was unfolded by JICA for entire country.
JICA's SCIB venture kicked off in May 2009 and destined to last for 3 years until April 2012, has developed lesson plans, trained 195 numbers of master trainers from the length and breadth of Pakistan. The master trainers in return are supposed to devolve and share their skills with their fellow teachers in their schools. In the federal capital, the beneficiary master trainers have trained 197 teachers while more training are still on their future charts. The final seminar highlighted future SCIB implementation plan for Islamabad and all four provinces, which is expected to be driven by NISTE, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) provincial and area education departments and master trainers trained in this project.