C o m m o n w e a l t h
A s s o c i a t i o n o f
M u s e u m s
CAM Bulletin Number 3 - Oct. 1997
Children in African Museums:
The Undiscovered Audience, Nairobi, November 9-16
This regional workshop which is open to all CAM members for a small additional registration fee is taking place as planned and will be underway as this Bulletin appears. It promises to be an exciting event with about 35-40 participants and representation from 13-15 Commonwealth countries and the United States.
The host committee from the National Museums of Kenya is working diligently to complete final arrangements in co-operation with CAM and has enlisted the assistance of 25 children of various ages, parents and teachers in taking a very direct and personal look at the needs and expectations of children in museums. The Nairobi Museum also has on view at present an exhibition of children's toys which will allow the workshop to look carefully at how we address the needs of children both when we are directing our work specifically to their needs and when we are not.
CAM is very grateful for the extensive efforts of the hard-working group of museum professionals in Nairobi, and their museum co-workers in making possible the successful realization of this first programme in Africa on children and museums.
Another feature of the workshop is a review of the existing state of children's programming in Africa. A questionnaire was sent out with the invitations and CAM has been extremely pleased to receive many responses in advance including a number from those who know they will not be able to attend but are interested in the results of this mini-survey. Despite some of the difficulties of working together at a distance on such international programmes, it is very encouraging to see such interest and enthusiasm. We look forward to a very rewarding and fruitful workshop.
Not least, the meeting is expected to result in a continuing network of those interested in children's programming in Africa (GCAM - Group for Children in African Museums) and resolutions to pursue the realization of follow up programmes. A report will appear in the next Bulletin.