ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – October 4, 2022): The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training is reportedly rolling out STEAM interventions in all its secondary schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory to improve students’ conceptual learning.
In this regard, a Letter of Understanding (LoU) was signed between the Ministry of Education and the Federal Government Educational Institutions (FGEI) on Tuesday.
The Federal Ministry of Education’s STEAM Pakistan program focuses on improving the conceptual understanding and analytical skills of schoolchildren across the country, with particular emphasis on girls’ education, while shifting from a centered on the examination to an approach based on the learning in the pupils.
Launched in early 2022, the program has already begun its interventions in middle and high schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
The Managing Director of FGEI, Major General Muhammad Asghar, HI(M), addressing the launch ceremony, said that “STEAM Pakistan project will complement the various measures taken by FGEI to achieve the goal of quality education and promote conceptual learning and skills development among young people”.
The LoU intends to support FGEI’s efforts to target middle school students across its network, with the Federal Ministry of Education providing technical support for systems, teacher training and STEAM content.
During the signing ceremony, Additional Secretary Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry said, “It is important that we focus on our children’s learning, and today is a great opportunity for the Federal Ministry of Education to collaborate with another department for this purpose. The ministry looks forward to providing similar technical support to provinces on STEAM.”
FGEI currently operates 190 high schools in 45 districts in all provinces and AJ&K, and a total of 311 schools (including 13 high schools) and 47 middle schools across Pakistan with over 8,000 teachers and 200,000 students.
The FGEI operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence.
STEAM Pakistan is a collaborative project through which Malala Fund and its partners provide support to the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to advance secondary school age girls’ access to education of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in Pakistan.