IAP-SEP Global Council Meeting 2017 in Sudan


Inter-Academy Panel in Science Education Programme (IAP-SEP) was launched in 2003. Its main focus is the promotion of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) and also the improvement of science literacy among the general population.  Indonesia was represented by Dr. R. Indarjani, Deputy Director for Programme of SEAMEO QITEP in Science. She was endorsed by President of Indonesia Academy of Science, Professor Sangkot Marzuki, to be a member of Global Council 2016-2019.

For 2017, sponsored by Sudanese National Commission for Science Education and Culture, the Global Council Member held its annual meeting in Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum, the Republic of Sudan from 7 to 8 February 2017. The meeting, which was attended by 20 members of academy and observers, was officially opened by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Sudan, H.E. Dr. Suad Abdul–Raziq. She praised the initiatives of IAP-SEP which showed how science/IBSE could offer solutions to the current world problems. In addition, she supported the implementation of STEM Education in Africa Educational System and requested to put priority to the girls’ more involvement in STEM.

The agenda of IAP-SEP 2017 meeting consisted of Science Education Policy Forum that discussed two strategic topics. The first was Science Education and the Fusion of Civilizations and the second was Global Climate Change: Health and Regional Perspective. Both topics were highlighted the importance of student character building by bringing the wisdom from the past to the future perspective and cultivate the environmental wisdom to reduce the impact of climate change. Dr. Indarjani suggested to the forum to integrate IBSE philosophy in parenting education to ensure the continuation of student character building after school hours. The foundation of La main à la pate (France) will follow up this suggestion by circulating their respective activities to the member of IAP-SEP around the globe.

Back to back with IAP-SEP Global Council meeting, the five days IBSE Training was carried out by facilitators of ISTIC-UNESCO, Malaysia for Sudanese science teachers.

The Global Council  Meeting  was discussed several topics that covered the 2017 projects funded by IAP-SEP in Science Curriculum Designs for Health (Zika and Mosquito Borne Diseases), Fusion of Civilizations and IBSE for Special Needs including refugees and disable students. In addition, there was a plan to conduct IBSE Workshop in ECOSOC Countries such as Tajikistan and Albania. During the meeting, the members reported their activities and Dr. R. Indarjani reported SEAMEO QITEP in Science’s initiatives in introducing STEM Education in Indonesian Education Framework and requested support for further implementation in regional level. At the end of the meeting, there was a statement proposal in regard to the promotion of STEM Education through Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) and Science Literacy (through science museums and science centres) which will be submitted further during the UN General Assembly in 2017.

Written by Dr. R. Indarjani