ISLAMABAD (March 17, 2015): UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will join hand to strengthen science labs of rural area schools in the country, it was decided in a meeting between Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF and Ms. Vibeke Jenson, Director UNESCO Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, the new Chairman of PSF, paid a courtesy call on Ms. Vibeke Jenson, who also has recently joined as the Country Director UNESCO Pakistan. UNESCO and the Foundation have a longstanding collaboration to promote science culture in the country. During their meeting it was decided that UNESCO will provide science kits for rural area schools to strengthen their laboratories. These kits will be distributed to schools through PSF.
Both the sides also reviewed the ongoing collaborative initiatives such as Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme and celebrations of World Science Day etc. The future collaborative programmes that came under discussion included strengthening of labs in schools of rural areas, joint funding for R&D research projects and efforts for declaration of new biosphere reserves in the country. Celebration of 2015 as Year of Soil was also discussed.
The UNESCO Country Director assured the Chairman PSF of her full support to promote cause of science popularization in Pakistan. Dr Ashraf invited the UNESCO Country Director to visit Pakistan Museum of Natural History, the focal point of MAB programme in Pakistan, which she accepted.