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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY CELEBRATIONS

Since 1997, every 18 May we celebrate the international Museum day worldwide. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society and how they can be used as tools for creating peaceful communities.

 

International Museum Day 017 was celebrated under the theme of Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. This theme focuses on the role of museums that, by working to benefit society, become hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people. The acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.

Saying the unspeakable, museums looks at how to understand the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories inherent to the human race. It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view.

Our gymnastic crew from Ruben Centre were invited to participate in this important day by the Nairobi National Museum. There was no better way of celebrating this day than taking a trip to the Museum. The team of 33 enthusiastic students and two teachers got to the museum early ready for the day. There were 5 more schools attending the celebrations. The event began with performances which were taking place at the St. Louis S. B. Leakey auditorium. The students from Ruben stole the show as they were often called upon impromptu to present different pieces of poems, songs and drama which they did so boldly. When our school was called upon to present what they do best; the acrobatic flow show, they did it so well that they were asked to repeat the performance due to public demand. 

In the afternoon the students participated in an inspiring activity at the Museums Snake Park which got the students really excited. They were divided into two groups and each group was given a tour guide to assist in the moments. The first group went to the fisheries section where they got to clean the fish aquarium and feed the fish as well. The second group went on to the tortoise section where they cleaned their shells as well as their ponds. Then they were engaged in preparing food for the tortoise as well as feeding them. This was a great inspiration for the kids.

 Great learning process was in progress as they got to learn a lot about fish, the different types of fish species, feeding and handling fish. The other team also enjoyed learning about different types of tortoise, how to handle them and feed them. Later the groups were merged and taken through the snake park learning about the different types of snakes, the poisonous and the non-poisonous and many other particulars about snakes. The exercise became even more fun when one snake was taken out of the padlocking and brought out for the students to touch and interact with. The snake handler in the park gave lessons on how to hold a snake in a safe position by holding their throat tightly to prevent it from biting them. The expression on the faces of the students comprised of both shock and excitement at the same time especially for those who got to hold the snake in their hands and even place it on their shoulders. It was fun!

The day was concluded in style with a guided tour all around the well organized and partitioned museum. Everything was in its right place and for someone who visited the museum a while ago, they could tell the changes and the transformation that has occurred over the years. The students visited all the sections of the museum which got enriched history of the different cultures in Kenya from the early man and evolution, great leaders of the past, the changes in the Kenyan currency since independence and much more history about the Kenyan past. This was not just an adventurous trip but also an opportunity for students to learn.

The International Museum Day went down in style and it was worth visiting Nairobi National Park to celebrate the day. “I thank the National Museum Education department for choosing Ruben Primary School Gymnastics to participate in the day, giving us a free ticket to enter the museum and providing us with snacks for lunch. We enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot about the history of Kenya,different animals like snakes,tortoise,fish and more on cultural artifacts. “Joyce Mueni the school’s president says when asked about her experience on the day. We thank the School administration for allowing the students to participate and the Ruben Centre Director for providing the students with transport to and from the Museum.