Attracting pupils to museum

Friday, 18/03/2022, 23:03 [GMT+7]

Attracting pupils to museum

The idea of teaching and learning history through images, artifacts and documents in museums has been formed for a long time. However, the implement of the idea hasn’t been carried out regularly. 
 
Good place for teaching history
 
Tran Quang Khai Junior High School (Dien Khanh District) after Lunar New Year 2022 held a school trip for 30 pupils, who were interested in cultural heritages, of the school to Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum. During the visit, through the introduction of the museum staff and members of Nha Trang Antique Club, the pupils learned about the exhibits of the themed exhibition on ancient things. The bronze drums, ceramic vases, jars, cups, etc. of dynasties, and ceramic types attracted the attention of the pupils. Through the ages and origins of the artifacts, the pupils learned more about the historical periods of the nation. These were the knowledge they hadn’t learned in school. “This is the second time I have joined the school’s extracurricular activities, but it is the first time I have visited the provincial museum. Through the visit, I have gained a lot of new and interesting knowledge”, said Le Thi Bich Phan, a ninth-grader of Tran Quang Khai Junior High School.
 
 
Tran Quang Khai Junior High School pupils learning about antiques at Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum
Tran Quang Khai Junior High School pupils learning about antiques at Khanh Hoa Provincial Museum
 
According to Dang Tien Dung, a member of Nha Trang Antique Club, the fact that the provincial museum cooperates with schools to hold school trips to the museum provides the museum opportunities to introduce the features of the artifacts to more people and provide pupils a source of information to know more about the values of the nation’s heritages. Therefore, these activities need to be held more regularly. Nha Trang Antique Club is always willing to cooperate to provide visual information with images and objects to help the pupils acquire knowledge easily.  
 
Needing regular cooperation 
 
Although teaching history to pupils through visits to the provincial museum is one of practical and effective teaching methods, it is difficult to hold regular these extra-curricular activities. The displayed objects provide interactive learning experiences for pupils, which the pupils cannot acquire in their classrooms. However, not many pupils have been interested in visiting the museum. They regard museums as something ancient and incomprehensible.  It is even more difficult to prepare thematic lessons at the museum. Currently, the school trips to the museum are primarily organized spontaneously. Funds, personnel and cooperation between schools and the museum are the matters of concern when organizing these extra-curricular activities.
 
In the time to come, the provincial museum will make plans to cooperate more with schools in the province to hold school trips to the museum. Many modern technologies will be applied in displaying and introducing objects and providing information to attract more visitors in general and pupils in particular. The museum will pay intention to the elements which help to increase interactive experiences for visitors.
 
Truc Linh
Translated by H.N