MUSEUM & LEARNING

U Thant House welcomes over 5,000 museum visitors per year, 75% of whom are from Myanmar. We consider the museum first and foremost a service to community; offering an opportunity to learn not only about a historic person but also an important part of global history, as well as to reflect on the values U Thant worked to promote such a peace, tolerance and the safeguarding of the environment. 

We believe museums have an important role to fill in society as a place for learning and can serve as a complement to formal education institutions, regardless of a visitor’s age or prior training. This opportunity to facilitate learning using modern pedagogic methodologies to engage (and change) visitors is perhaps particularly important in an ethnically diverse country like Myanmar, which is emerging from decades of dictatorship and isolation with the overarching challenge of transitioning to a peaceful, inclusive, and globally re-connected society. 

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PROGRAMMES FOR STUDENTS

In addition to the museum and exhibition open to the public, an education programme was launched in September 2018 using specially crafted interactive materials to foster new thinking on history, peace, reconciliation, and development in Myanmar with the aim of stimulating the next generation to think imaginatively about their future, country, and role in the global community.

 

In the pilot phase alone, we have been able to serve 2,000 students. With the Ministry of Education’s recent addition of U Thant studies to the national curricula we expect to see an even higher demand on our offerings in the coming year and plan to use the opportunity to ensure that the studies on U Thant make a meaningful contribution to peace in this country, by inspiring children to reflect on peace, and what it means in terms of upholding human dignity, challenging prejudice and building tolerance, promoting nonviolence and caring for the earth. 

 

Existing educational materials include an activity booklet, quizzes, group exercises. 

 

Future Plans

  • Further develop the education programme, tailoring content to Myanmar’s young, increasing the number of visiting students to 3,000 per year, and extending outreach to a broader geographic and social group of schools, especially those in less privileged areas.

  • Offer longer (half-day to full-day) workshops with a focus on providing students with tools for becoming peacemakers, taking action to protect the environment, and thinking creatively and critically about the challenges Myanmar faces.

  • Create new materials tailored to young people using animations, audio-visuals, and online materials together with extended outreach enabling schools around the country to utilise the resources at U Thant House, even if they are unable to visit the house.

  • Create a teacher’s package of materials for in-classroom use across the country by teachers teaching modules on U Thant (a subject now stipulated as part of the national curriculum).

  • Develop a travelling exhibition & education programme with a trained team to tour the country conveying the message of tolerance, internationalism, and environmental protection, and to stimulate reflection and critical thinking.

  • Honour U Thant’s work on the environment and start work to transform the garden into an experiential learning landscape about Myanmar’s biodiversity and environmental challenges. Our aspiration is for the garden to:

    • Be a peaceful and beautiful oasis for visitors to enjoy and for Myanmar people
      to take pride in.

    • Serve as a mini-botanical garden with plants native to Myanmar, incorporating educational signage, art, and programmes designed to teach a range of visitors about the country’s unique biodiversity.

    • Showcase good household waste management practice with effective composting methods and re-use of fertile soil. Visitors will be able to go on ‘Garden Trails’ and a ‘Green Thumbs Lab’ will introduce children to the exciting world of kitchen garden biology and plant nursing.

    • Inspire action in people’s daily lives to safeguard our natural resources.