Sunday, December 19, 2004

From UNESCO's Progress Report for the 170th Meeting of the Exec Board

Promoting education and capacity-building in science and technology (To be held 27 January 2005.)

"37. Six Member States are being assisted in reviewing and updating their national policies and curricula in STE (Cambodia, Bolivia, Romania, Ghana, Mali and Viet Nam). Efforts to train and empower teachers to better adapt national programmes to local needs through the preparation and dissemination of educational materials is ongoing. A Science Careers Guidance and Counselling Module to counter gender stereotypes with regard to science studies and careers in southern Africa, a UNESCO/UNEP Youth Exchange Toolkit (guidebook and website) for capacitybuilding on sustainable consumption in youth organizations, schools, local authorities and consumer
organizations, and a teaching tool on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), started in collaboration with the Natural Sciences Sector and targeted to secondary-school teachers and students, are among the educational materials developed. Nepal, Egypt, Burkina Faso and Argentina are benefiting from a project on capacity-building in gender-inclusive scientific and technological literacy (STL) for enhancing life skills under the EFA Capacity-Building Programme funded by the Nordic Funds. Extensive exchange of information and experiences among the science and technology education community was encouraged by the publication and dissemination of Connect in six languages, totalling 25,000 copies."

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