Schools expected to benefit from mobile museum programme

Fifty schools across Guyana will have the opportunity to have real artifacts/specimens in their classroom with the introduction of the mobile museum programme.

This is according to the Government Information Agency (GINA), which reported that a vehicle that will be used for transporting the artifacts was handed over by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony to the Guyana National Museum on Thursday.

Dr Anthony was quoted as saying at the handing over of the vehicle that this method of teaching children about their country’s history was patterned after the school loan programme of the Chicago Museum of Natural History.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony presents keys to the vehicle to the Assistant Secretary, (Admin) of the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry, Alexis Sullivan. (GINA photo)
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony presents keys to the vehicle to the Assistant Secretary, (Admin) of the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry, Alexis Sullivan. (GINA photo)

The Guyana National Museum adopted the Mobile Museum Programme to enhance the history programmes in the school system. The school loan cases will be distributed among schools and will initially be loaned for three weeks. These travelling cases will then rotate with other schools as part of the continuing education programmes, GINA said.

Anthony said that this mobile museum will allow teachers to incorporate the materials when teaching and aid children’s learning in subject areas such as Science, Social Studies and Cultural and Natural History.

Deputy Chief Education Officer (Development), Ministry of Education, Donna Chapman welcomed the intervention and stated that it will certainly make teaching more interesting and will enhance the delivery of the curriculum, especially in the areas of Social Studies and Science.
Dr Anthony urged the creation of museum clubs in schools, GINA added.

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