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UK's Belfast to host CASTME-2019 on "A Commonwealth of Communities of Science: Voice of the Child"
United Kindom based Commonwealth Association for Science, Technology & Mathematics Education (CASTME) is going to organise "CASTME 2019' on the theme "A Commonwealth of Communities of Science: Voice of the Child" at Stranmillis College, Belfast, UK, from October 28 to 30.

According to CASTME website, the papers will be read, presentations will be held; keynote addresses, poster presentations and discussions will take place on four topics, namely, climate change; the environment; food justice and the use of technology. 

According to the local organizing committee the environment; climate change; use of technology and food justice have impact on the child. There, issues of environmental awareness, action, care, and conservation; education to educate to mitigate climate change; safe and wholesome use of technology; and better food availability and safety become significant. 

"One of its projects at present is encouraging mothers and carers of young pre-school children (children to recognise the everyday science in their lives and point such to children hence increasing science experiences, of both the adults and their children, as well as their communication literacy skills.  It is interested in the science inherent in play, particularly in less affluent areas," informs the website. 

CASTME's mission in the Commonwealth is to promote the experience in a relevant context, teaching, learning of STEM in a social and locally relevant context and to ensure that access to such learning is universally available. It produces a twice yearly newsletter to disseminate CASTME activities from around the world. Through a network of regional meetings and papers at conferences CASTME and its website, it seeks to encourage networking and links between Commonwealth countries, it informs. 

CASTME was established in 1974 as an NGO recognized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and accorded membership of the Commonwealth Council for Education. Presently CASTME has members throughout the Commonwealth and has regional groups in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe along with groups in a number of Commonwealth countries.  

The trustees of CASTME meet at Marlborough House in London. It also holds a memorial lecture in London Biannually in memory of Dennis Chrisman a staunch supporter of CASTME. I had been associated with CASTME through its award scheme, invitation to Commonwealth Education Ministers Meet in Malaysia and contributions to CASTME Journal. The abstract of the paper presented in Malaysia on gender issues in STEM was published in merinews.com and cited in a few journals.

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