Intersectoral Platform on Science Education

Programmes which contribute to the Intersectoral Platform include:

  • International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) promotes science education in mathematics, physics and chemistry as part of its mandate to foster international cooperation for capacity building in science
  • UNESCO’s Global Microscience Programme makes available teaching and learning packages as basic practical resource for science experiments
  • UNESCO’s Space Education Programme promotes space subjects and disciplines in schools and universities through workshops, and promotes the integration of these subjects in science curricula, especially in developing countries
  • The International Year of Astronomy 2009 jointly being implemented by UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union is fostering outreach activities worldwide to promote interest in and understanding of the importance of astronomy and the basic sciences in daily life
  • UNESCO promotes science education for women
  • UNESCO promotes scientific literacy through its activities in the field of science journalism and facilitating access to media content on scientific subjects in developing countries
  • UNESCO encourages the design of effective science and technology education programmes by promoting gender-sensitive, socio-culturally and environmentally-relevant policies and curricula.
  • UNESCO’s Teacher Training Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) promotes the training of teachers, including science teachers
  • The Education Kit on Combating Desertification principally targets primary school teachers and their pupils, aged 10-12 years old, in desertification-affected countries
  • The Natural Disaster Reduction Programme promotes the integration and education of disaster risk reduction into school curricula in countries prone to natural hazards
  • Biosphere Reserves: learning sites for sustainable development
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