Improving Science and Technology EducationLeading science and technology educators from North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, including Nobel laureats Leon Lederman and Georges Charpak, will meet at UNESCO Headquarters from June 7-9 to examine ways of reversing the worldwide decline in the numbers of students studying science, technology and mathematics.
This Expert meeting on Science and Technology Education will be opened by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, U.S Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Louise Oliver, and the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of State, George Atkinson.
The meeting is being organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (A.A.A.S) in collaboration with UNESCO, and is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). It results from rising concerns over falling numbers of students training to become scientists and engineers, the impact this will have on human resources in science and technology, and the need for reform in science and engineering education and training.
“There is too little funding, too many underperforming students to reach, too little interest in science and too few teachers able to develop their professional skills, to name a few,” says Judith Ramaley, NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources. “This conference should help bring together new international collaborations in a shared common goal among nations to raise global awareness and to bring new ideas to the table to improve science and mathematics education and teaching worldwide,” Ramaley said.
The highly successful French science education programme, La Main a la Pate, initiated by Mr Charpak and now being implemented in several countries will be presented and evaluated as a model at the meeting.
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Photo: Leon Lederman (left) and Georges Charpak (right).