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Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - KABEER YOUSUF MUS­CAT, JAN 12

The Sul­tanate is hosting the second edi­tion of sci­ence fes­ti­val that aims at en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to “recognise the im­por­tance of sci­ence in life and make them in­no­vate”.

Thou­sands of sci­en­tific ideas will be brain­stormed and taken to the next level at the Oman Sci­ence Fes­ti­val (OSF), whose theme is ‘in­dus­try’.

The fes­ti­val, which will be held in Novem­ber this year, is the brain­child of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. It will also see par­tic­i­pa­tion from Nasa, the Euro­pean Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Nu­clear Re­search (CERN), the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) and lead­ing in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions in STEM pro­grammes.

“The Oman Sci­ence Fes­ti­val aims to en­cour­age our stu­dents to in­no­vate and keep pace with the global trends,” said Saud al Balushi, Un­der-sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Plan­ning and Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment.

OSF will be held in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the Ed­u­ca­tion Council, the Sci­en­tific Re­search Council, Sul­tan Qa­boos Uni­ver­sity and other uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tu­tions.

“We aim to in­te­grate stu­dents’ skills with knowl­edge-based econ­omy and en­cour­age them to con­tinue learn­ing sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines,” Al Balushi, also the Chair­man of Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the fes­ti­val, has said.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing can log on to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion por­tal and regis­ter them­selves.

“We are ex­pect­ing more than 100,000 stu­dents from both Omani and ex­pa­tri­ate schools from across the coun­try. We ex­pect more than 300 sci­ence projects,” Azza al Harthy, Head of Sci­ence Fes­ti­val Projects, said.

Speak­ing to the Ob­server on the side­lines of the in­tro­duc­tory meet­ing of the fes­ti­val, Saud al Balushi at­trib­uted the suc­cess of first edi­tion of the fes­ti­val to pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship.

The first edi­tion of fes­ti­val in 2017 cov­ered 350 ac­tiv­i­ties in which hun­dreds of stu­dents, teach­ers, par­ents, su­per­vi­sors and uni­ver­sity in­struc­tors took part.

As many as 120,000 stu­dents vis­ited the five-day fes­ti­val held at the Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (OCEC).

“Oman Sci­ence Fes­ti­val reflects the min­istry’s ef­forts to en­hance the in­ter­est in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics in the hearts of young peo­ple as an im­por­tant el­e­ment in en­hanc­ing the eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment value out­puts.” He said the second edi­tion of Oman Sci­ence Fes­ti­val co­in­cides with the en­try of the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion in var­i­ous fields.

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