01.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Supports Launch of WorldSTE 2013

Kuching, 30 September – UNESCO Jakarta supported the launch of the 4th World Conference on Science and Technology Education 2013 (WorldSTE), held in Borneo Malaysia from 30 September to 4 October. The theme of the conference is ‘Live Science, Love learning, Create Change’ and in his opening address, UNESCO Jakarta Director and Representative Hubert Gijzen emphasized the essential role of Science Technology and Innovation (STI) in the new evolving development agenda that “must address poverty eradication and sustainable development as two sides of the same coin.”

Dr. Gijzen highlighted the importance of enquiry based learning and active hands-on teaching and learning methodologies in the drive to increase the interest of young people in science. He concluded by noting that the interface between science, policy and society must be strengthened so that the vision of a sustainable future could be achieved.

Mee Young Choi, UNESCO Jakarta ESD Team Leader, presented a keynote talk on the first day of the conference, ‘A sustainable learning model through Green Schools.’ In her presentation, Dr. Choi discussed the success of a recently completed Green Schools pilot project in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. She emphasized that this project could serve as a model for future implementation of ESD concepts, notably Cliamte Change Education, in formal school settings. Over its 5 days, WorldSTE 2013 will bring together more than 1000 delegates from all over the world and will host an exhibition with 65 exhibition stands.

Download the Opening Address by Hubert Gijzen here

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