Louvre Abu Dhabi gets students talking


By Staff  www.khaleejtimes.com

Why should the UAE have a Louvre, is a question that will be testing young minds in the nation’s Capital.

Three hundred grade 5 and 6 students, from 10 different public schools, are taking part in a project that encourages research, team work effort and an authentic inquiry-based learning experience that links five subjects — Arabic, English, Mathematics, Science and Art.

The project is part of a partnership between the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), to encourage schools to use the exhibition ‘Birth of a Museum’ as a learning resource around which to structure their curriculum programme.

From April 28 to May 16, the students will visit the ‘Birth of a Museum’ exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which constitutes the first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection, with a selection of 130 works. Students will investigate and respond to their big research question: “Why should the UAE have Louvre Abu Dhabi?”

“This initiative is part of the new school model reform process that helps teach students different methods on how to use a museum as a learning resource while searching for information instead of having it ready and available for them in the classroom. This project will help encourage students to work together in teams to engage in a challenging and exciting learning experience in a real-life setting,” ADEC curriculum division manager Dr Karima Al Mazroui said. More info