School teachers at an interactive session at the Fire Station.
Qatar Museums (QM), under the patronage of chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, hosted a meeting with teachers at the Fire Station as part of its efforts to make its cultural resources available to teachers and students in Qatar.
The event was a chance for QM to introduce schools to its projects and initiatives as well as get their perspectives on how to better integrate museum collections with the national educational curriculum.
Organised by QM’s Department of Education and hosted in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the interactive event saw teachers asked to review lesson plans developed by QM and share their feedback. The session also saw teachers work with a set of artworks and artefacts from QM to develop lesson plans incorporating the objects and finding new ways of brining QM’s vast resources into the classroom.
The highly engaging discussion stressed the importance of collaboration between QM and the educational sector, highlighting QM’s commitment to develop a thriving cultural sector by inspiring a new generation of creators and producers.
Commenting on the event, Haya al-Jabor, senior programmes educational specialist stated: “Students in schools are getting their inspiration and being encouraged by their teachers who should have access to the best resources. It is therefore vital that we work closely with teachers and educators to provide learners with access to our museums and collections, thus encouraging them to explore the world around them and express themselves in creative ways. The session was very productive and we are pleased to head into 2019 with a fresh set of ideas and perspectives.”
The four-hour long discussion generated several suggestions from teachers on how schools can foster close collaboration with QM.