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A science culture is essential for any country to move towards a knowledge economy. Today Science Centres are becoming increasingly recognized and valued as a key component of educational and recreational infrastructure in many countries, for inculcating scientific awareness and scientific temper. More than 200 million visitors participate in exhibitions and programmes conducted by over 1200 science centres around the world each year, and these numbers are growing. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka with a population of 20 million people, a fifth of which is adolescent and school-age children and a recognized scientific establishment going back over a century is the only country in South Asia without a science museum/science centre.

Subsequent to the request of Sri Lanka government to UNESCO,  the China Science and Technology Museums (CSTM) under the guidance of Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums (CANSM) and UNESCO, has prepared the Master Plan titled "Content Construction Planning Scheme for the National Science Centre, Sri Lanka" and officially handed over to the Sri Lankan Government on 15 October 2019 at the Opening Ceremony of  the International Symposium on the Development of Natural Science Museums under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRISMIS 2019) in Beijing.

The concept of the Science Museum was initially proposed by the Ceylon Association of Advancement of Science (CAAS) way back in 1947 but it never materialized due to the lack of relevant experiences, funds and other issues. In 2018, on the initiative of the NSF the Government of Sri Lanka resurrected the project and requested UNESCO for technical assistance for the construction of a National Science Centre and allocated 17 acres of land within the proposed Tech City in Homagama. The UNESCO agreed to provide support under the framework of the cooperation letter of agreement between UNESCO and CANSM through which such support is being provided to countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. On the invitation of CANSM, CSTM in partnership with UNESCO and facilitated by the NSF has formulated this blueprint for the establishment of the proposed National Science Centre.  

The proposed National Science Centre aims to carry out science education through popular science exhibitions, training experiments, special effect films and videos, scientific and cultural exchanges, online science and a technology museum with a view to stimulating creativity and imagination of the public and enhancing scientific literacy among the people of Sri Lanka.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China HE Dr Karunasena Kodituwakku and the Chairman of theDr Karunasena Kodituwakku National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka Dr A.M. Mubarak attended the ceremony on behalf of Sri Lanka. Dignitaries including Dr Meng Qinghai, the Vice President together with the Executive Secretary of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Dr Cheng Donghong, the President together with  the Vice President & Secretary-General of CANSM,  Dr An Laishun/ Vice President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Dr. Philippe Pypeart, Science Program Specialist of UNESCO Office in Beijing, Mr. Yin Hao, Director-General and Mr. OU Jiancheng, Deputy Director-General of CSTM also took part at this important ceremony.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 January 2020 18:55 )  
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