Education and the Museum
Museums are for both education and entertainment or ‘edutainment!’ They offer scope for both formal and informal learning. The Natural History Museum and its sites in the Western Region are a superb teaching aid for all levels of education. Most of the displays in the galleries highlight many aspects in the syllabus of primary and secondary as well as tertiary institutions. We always have activities such as structured visits by the schools with prepared study sheets for use during these visits, as well as conducting outreach programs thereby taking the museum to the people.
As a link between the museum and formal education, the department organizes an annual Primary Schools Heritage Education Quiz which runs from January to 18 May (International Museums Day). All primary schools are encouraged to participate in this quiz as questions asked are relevant to their syllabus. Schools are invited for participation through their districts which then cascade information to them.
The education department also helps in enhancing the understanding of collections to the visiting public through Tour Guides, Curators and the Heritage education tours. By so doing the department promotes the understanding of historical, natural and cultural heritage. We are also involved in training of the staff and volunteers.