Holiday programme helps students learn about past, future

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THE National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) is hosting its school holiday programme for term two under the theme “Giving a Future to the Past”.
It is an initiative of NMAG’s education and public programmes department.
Gallery director Dr Andrew Moutu said the programme was in line with the aspirations of the Museum’s corporate plan launched recently to turn it into an educational hub.
“Education is the cornerstone of the museum, we have to be able to pass onto the next generation the knowledge that we create and store,” Moutu said.
Acting manager of the education and public programmes department Patricia Sosori said the museum was a scientific educational institution that was obligated to educate students about the
importance of preserving the country’s cultural and historical heritage.
“We will focus on the modern history museum this term. A lot of emphasis in the past had been on our ethnographic items so
this time, we will be exploring more recent history such as war history, colonial history, missionary history as well as oral history,” she said.
“The students will learn about these histories through engaging with the collections and exhibitions including voices from the war and the Old Parliament House exhibition.”
Sosori said the programme would be useful in supplementing student’s learning of history as it would give an overview of the modern history of PNG.
The programme began on Monday with the registrations of participating primary schools from around NCD: Gerehu Primary School and St Paul’s Primary School.
The programme ends tomorrow.