“Powering Pakistan for the 21st Century” is a three-volume document prepared by the Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science (PAMS) in collaboration with partners including the Khwarizmi Science Society.
The third volume is titled “A Roadmap for Maths and Science Education”. The purpose of this report is to highlight the importance of maths and science education in Pakistan's classrooms, especially those in government schools, where the least privileged of the country's children study.
In the third volume, a series of ideas and recommendations will be presented that can help Pakistan, as a state and as a society, re-orient public policy and private investment decisions, to serve a more prosperous future. This report will be launched on Friday in collaboration with Khwarizmi Science Society and will be hosted by Lahore University of Management Sciences.
The location of the event cn be viewed here.
Here is General Secretary, Dr. Sabieh Anwar's speech at the Prime Minister House at the occasion of the launch ceremony of Volume I. The speech spells out a charter for practical science education.
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