World Science Day for Peace and development (WSDPD) is celebrated globally on every November 10 by UNESCO. It’s an internationally celebrated day to manifest the importance of Science and technology for building the peace in the society and mobilize all the supporters around the topic of science for peace and development. The theme for 2018 is “Science, a Human Right”, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art.27), also suggested by prominent science and scientific researchers.
OBJECTIVES OF WSDPD:
SCIENCE IN OUR DAILY LIVES:
Science knows no boundaries and at present, we all are probably enjoying the benefits that result from a scientist’s work. Doctors study diseases and discover new cures and treatments for us. Agricultural scientists help bring fresh, nutritious products to our supermarkets. We can drive a car by the hard work of scientists. Chemists bring us health and beauty aids – from medicines to soap and perfume – to keep us feeling and looking our best. And science also helps us to answer important questions like which areas might be hit by a tsunami after an earthquake, how the hole in the ozone layer formed, how can we protect our crops from pests etc. These are just a few examples from our daily life. These creatures have lead to the development in the field of agriculture, industrial progress, expansion of education, improved spread of transportation, means of communications and all.
“Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking. This is central to its success. It invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions”– Carl Sagan
PROMOTING SCIENCE CULTURE AROUND THE GLOBE:
Placing science as its top most priority, UNESCO aims at mobilizing the full capability of the nations to employ science for purposes of peace. Since its inception, World Science Day has also generated concrete projects, programmes and funding for science around the world. Several ministries have announced an increase in spending on science, for instance, or the creation of a university or research body. Celebrating this day all over the world has also brought scientists of the nations at conflict to come and work together under the umbrella of science. Every year national and international organizations, governments, media and educations systems are allowed to celebrate the day with full zeal.
ACTIVITIES IN PAKISTAN:
Keeping this theme in the mind, National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan has joined hands with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and trying to raise public awareness about the significance of science and to overcome the gap between science and societies to share the data, knowledge and innovation. NAYS team (Project Science for Youth-S4Y) is conducting sessions, seminars, and healthy activities just to inculcate students with different terminologies and to give knowledge of various disciplines of science. For this purpose team conducted various school/college level activities in TobaTek Singh, Gujranwala, Rahim Yar Khan, Sialkot etc. Science for Youth week was celebrated from November 5 to 10, 2018 in which demonstrators delivered lectures in the school and college (especially rural areas). It is request to all please come forward and together we should strive for greater access to science education for all. As rightly said by Edward Teller:
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow”
Article: Tabinda Salman
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