Ahead of the National Museum of Qatar’s (NMoQ) opening in March, the museum’s Education Team has announced plans for comprehensive education programming which is designed to enable teachers in Qatar to involve the new institution in their class curriculum.
Fatima Al-Kuwari, Head of the Learning and Outreach section at NMoQ, said:
‘Educating the public about a range of topics related to culture and history and which complement the national curriculum is a major focus for the National Museum of Qatar. The museum itself can be used as a learning space, while targeted programmes will support class-based teaching. The entire team at NMoQ is looking forward to working with teachers and students in Qatar to unveil the country’s rich history and inspire a new generation of active cultural participants.’
Plans are underway to develop units of study on Qatar and its history for international schools, as well as built-in opportunities for state schools, to incorporate the NMoQ in their curriculum. The NMoQ is also making use of extensive online learning programmes to assist in pre-planning for teachers and provide suggestions for post-visit learning in the classroom using hands-on teaching materials.
Within the museum itself, teachers will have access to an array of tours and programming to choose from, including introductory tours to the museum and its gardens and public artworks, as well as more in-depth programmes ranging from native plant knowledge, the history of pearl diving, the discovery of oil, and Qatar’s history.
There are also six indoor, purpose-built intergenerational learning spaces at NMoQ, allowing students to uncover everything from ancient objects to exploring life onboard a pearling dhow through interactive installations. NMoQ will also be able to host various school events, from plays to away-days, in coordination with NMoQ staff.
For more information, visit their website at qm.org.qa