PERFORM meeting - World Science Day for Peace and Develoment 2016
PERFORM (Participatory Engagement with Scientific and Technological Research through Performance) is a European Union - funded project aiming to investigate the potential of innovative science education methods, based on performing arts, to foster young peoples’ motivations and engagement with STEM in selected secondary schools in France, Spain and the United Kingdom.
During the World Science Day for Peace and Development, a general presentation of PERFORM and shows in a short format will be presented to the representatives of UNESCO’s members states in the morning (Room IV). In the afternoon, three different show will be performed for school children (4 classes in all).
The world is facing a global crisis in science education, as seen by diminishing number of youngsters interested in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A considerable percentage of young people in the world are not interested in STEM careers mainly because they perceive science as boring and difficult, and they feel they lack the necessary skills to deal with such topics. Such negative perceptions discourage adolescents from actively seeking to learn about science, explore career options in STEM fields, and undervalue the role of science in society.
UNESCO’s role in PERFORM is to promote the sustainability of the project and embed policy linkages between PERFORM and EU science education policy and decision-makers, from the early stages of the project, in order to ensure fluid communication between PERFORM members, policymakers and science education practitioners. In addition, UNESCO is also in charge of ensuring the long-term impact and relevance of the PERFORM findings, methodologies and outcomes across Europe and to return the research results to the European society.
UNESCO is organizing a meeting to present and promote the PERFORM project to its Permanent Delegations and the general public on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development.
Established by UNESCO in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. The day offers an opportunity to mobilize various partners to highlight the important role of science in society and to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues and the relevance of science in their daily lives.