.The Cultures in Southern Asia are very different: their beliefs are different, their histories and even their wardrobe… but some things are similar, like their wish to have better science education and gender equity. Al least , that is what Science Academies across South Asia are saying. According to a report by Scidev.Net, the heads of many of these organizations share a common interest: science education and development.

“If I have to identify a couple of [science] issues which are directly related to development, they are education for all, and science education for a large number of people, both men and women” said Shamsher Ali, former president of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.

The head of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Atta-ur-Rahman, a former science minister, agrees and concludes that “if countries of the region want to march forward, they have to invest at least 7–8% of their gross domestic product [GDP] on a long-term, continuous basis for primary, secondary and tertiary [education], and in the fields of science and technology”.

Moreover, specialists advocate for a better media; a media that could raise awareness about science to empower the people and that not only be used for entertainment.

Este blog cuenta con la colaboración de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología – Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación