PR: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will carry out need assessment of rural area schools for launching a pilot project in one of the districts to promote inquiry-based science education, said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).

The Chairman was speaking as the Chief Guest at a function in connection with 24th Inter Board Science Poster Competition, at PSF.

Prof. Dr. Akram Sheikh, Member Science PSF, Hasnat Ahmed Qureshi, Member Finance PSF and Amjad Hussain, head of International Liaison, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) as well as members of Jury for declaring winners of the posters were also present on this occasion. The Jury members comprising renowned artists and scientists included Mrs. Tasneem Abbas, an eminent artist, Khalid Siddique, Joint Technical Advisor MoST, Nosheen Aamir, an artist. Nusrat Zaidi, Graphic Artist of PSF and Organizer of the competition, a good number of scientists and people from academia and other walks of life attended the function.

Dr. Ashraf said that the rural area schools are in shambles and they need attention for equipping them with science labs to promote and popularize science education in the country. He disclosed that in collaboration with UNESCO they would develop science kits for laboratories of rural areas schools to strengthen science-base in Pakistan. He said that assessment of these schools needs will be carried out by PSF and on its basis the model kit will be developed.

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