10 May 2011

Museum takes International Museum Day to farming community

By: Zongezile Matshoba

Albany Museum and DSRAC Cacadu District are kick-starting the week-long celebrations of the International Museum Week from 11 to 13 May 2011. This will be a build up to the International Museum Day Provincial celebrations to be held in Umthatha later this month.

International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) focus is in Africa, with the 2011 International Museum Day theme being Museums & Memory.

On day one, the 11 May 2011, 90 grade 10 and 11 learners from Nombulelo, Nyaluza, Mary Waters and Ntsika high schools have been invited to a Museum Careers focusing mostly on the scarce skills.

Each research department will be presenting to six (6) groups of 15 learners what it means to be a museum curator and researcher, what each curator does, and what one needs to study at high school and university to achieve that. This behind the scenes presentation by the research departments is more targeted to give exposure of the various departments to these learners.

The learners will also be given flyers with museum careers.

The aim is to encourage and entice those learners that lack information about career opportunities in museums. Each school will be accompanied by an educator.

Day 2, the 12 May 2011 sees grade 6 to 9 learners visiting the museum to present their genealogy. They will also be given a general guided tour of all the museum galleries. Farm schools are mostly targeted this year. They have been identified as the most underprivileged, and activities such as these rarely happened there.

Day 3, the 13 May 2011 is the climax, taking place at Seven Fountains farming community. The farm school learners who visited the museum will be sharing their museum experience with their community and parents. A guest speaker from the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture will also speak on the importance of Museums. The day will be accompanied by story-telling, traditional songs, dances, and praises.

International Council of Museums (ICOM): International Museum Day

South African Museums Association (SAMA)

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