Built on the sands of time and in a region of unceasing conflict, Amman, the capital of Jordan, was a timely host for the 8th World Science Forum 2017 themed “Science For Peace” in early November. The country also lies at the heart of a region where numerous civilisations had to innovate for survival. Innovative adaption and cultural exchanges went hand in hand over many millennia.

I was invited to be a speaker in the first plenary session of the forum on promoting inclusion through science education, outreach and engagement. It was a meaningful dialogue with fellow panellists, including Mr Omar Al Razzaz, Minister of Education Jordan. I explained Malaysia’s newly introduced higher order thinking skills (HOTS) in our national syllabus, and our collaboration with La Main a la pate of France and the UK National STEM Learning Centre in promoting Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in our country.

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