MARDAN: A two-day science festival, organized by District Government Mardan, Taleemi Jirga, and Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science concluded here the other day.
The festival witnessed a massive attendance of over 15,000 visitors including students, teachers, parents and other people from different walks of life. Besides, more than 280 government schools’ students took part in different activities of two-day science festival held at Millan Hall located in Sports Complex Mardan.
Being the largest science festival held for Mardan, the festival is a shining example for district governments across Pakistan who can replicate this model in their regions. Such events are important to familiarize school administrations, teachers and students with unique ways to teach basic science concepts in a creative manner to spur entrepreneurship and ready students to drive innovation in the science and technology-based industries.
Students from all over Mardan District and its surrounding villages participated in the festival, setting up over 300 stalls to showcase their creative exhibits on different themes and aspects of science. To witness this, Deputy Commissioner Mardan Muhammad Usman Mehsud, District Nazim Himaya tUllah Mayar and Naib Nazim Asad Ali Kashmiri were present. During the closing ceremony, District Nazim Himayat Ullah Mayar announced 20 million rupees in the next years’ budget for the Annual Development Plan which will focus on two main agendas. First, popularizing science activities in the district and secondly, reconstructing well-equipped science labs in schools and colleges.
Similarly, “the plan will also focus on financing those models and ideas of talented students which are worthy of up scaling to real life. Mardan Science Festival, from now on, will be an annual feature organized by District Government,” he added. The organizers also thanked the five science organizations namely Robo Minors, Learn OBots, Pakistan Science Club, Stemmers and Numerica, that captured the attention of children through various hands-on science and Maths-activities throughout the two days.