Museums in Kindergartens

The foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB), the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina held five workshops in kindergartens in the area of Sarajevo, which were aimed at bringing cultural heritage to the youngest members of our society.

The workshops were held from the 2nd of November to the 4th of November 2015 in three kindergartens that are part of the Public Institution titled “Children of Sarajevo”.

In the workshop dedicated to the magical worlds of Branko Čopić and Ahmet Hromadžić, children learned about the BiH writers and their creations, while the workshop “Museum in a Suitcase” taught them about traditional crafts and traditional ways of life.

“Working with youngsters through specialized workshops, with strong cooperation between educators and museum educators, guarantees educated museum visitors for the future. Designed visits to museums benefit the educational process of the kindergarten teachers and children. There is almost a school class which cannot be supplemented by a visit to an exhibition in the National Museum, “said Samir Avdiđć, curator of the National Museum, who presented the” Museum in a Suitcase “.

The Museum of Literature and Performing Arts was also involved in working with kindergarten children. Šejla Šehabović, director of the museum, said that the education of museum audience in any society is an extremely important task.

“The conventional wisdom is that children think of museums as ‘boring,’ and that the reasons for keeping and way of presenting cultural heritage is beyond their intellectual and emotional capacity. This is simply not true. It is true that working with children is difficult and demanding and very often beyond the intellectual and emotional capacity of experts in our museums. So: museum standards should not be “lowered,” rather raised to the level of the child!”, Šehabović said.

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