Learn how the National Heritage Board of Singapore is engaging young children via heritage programmes and community led initiatives.
- The Heritage Explorers Programme, a unique initiative which for primary school students that provides students with a glimpse into museums and heritage professions. Students will embark on the journey of a Curator, Educator, Historian, Ambassador or Designer through creative role-playing activities that encourage deeper appreciation of local history and heritage. These enjoyable experiences will allow students to foster close bonds with their family and the community, as active young contributors of our nation’s history. The programme was conferred the best practice in museum education by ICOM Committee for Education & Cultural Action (CECA) at an ICOM conference in London last year.
- The School Heritage Corners Programme, where NHB supports Primary and Secondary Schools in establishing their own Heritage Corners/Galleries via funding and consultative services. The aim is to enable schools to document elements of school, community and national heritage within their premises – to allow schools to act as a focal point for heritage within their community, cultivate a sense of belonging and identity amongst students, and nurture the next generation of heritage enthusiasts. To date, NHB has supported 65 schools in this programme.
Key Learnings and Points of Interest from the session
- Implementation of ‘heritage corners’ in schools. Handbook has been written to guide and help participating schools get involved. 70+ heritage corners have been established.
- Every community/neighbourhood has its own cultural heritage – invite children to be aware of it.
- In 2015, all participating schools opened their heritage corners to the public. A great success: children were proud to show and explain the items (the collections!) to their parents. It built up a (self-)confidence among pupils.
- Schools join through an open call for participation. Approx $1000 funding for the participating schools, evaluated case by case.