Mobile Museum Program of National Museum, Botswana at Ditshegwane Village (Study Tour visit, 1995) CAM workshop delegates in Guyana with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, The Honourable Gail Texeira, 1999 Delegate display at GCAM workshop, Nairobi, 1997 Tswaing Crater, South Africa, 1995 Jennifer Wishart (left), Emmanuel Arinze, Jenny Daly at Museum of African Art, Georgetown, Guyana CAM delegates at the Tswaing Crater Interpretation Centre, South Africa, 1995 Children's dance troupe, Ditshegwane Village, 1995 Charity Namukoko Salasini, Zambia with child guest, GCAM workshop, Nairobi, 1997
 
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Children in Caribbean Museums (GCCM)
Draft Declaration


Agreed by the participants in the first workshop in May 2005 as a draft to be reviewed and revised as determined in later meetings.

Principles

  1. Museums should be Children Friendly and Family Friendly
  2. Wherever possible, efforts will be made to permit free entry to museums, monuments and sites for children
  3. Children should be involved in the planning and organization of children's programmes
  4. Museums should encourage and develop partnerships with families and community groups, schools, CXC and Ministries of Education, and churches in the development and delivery of children's programmes
  5. All museum staff from Directors to assistants should be involved and/or committed to children's programming
  6. All museums should allocate specific budgets for children's programmes and projects
  7. Planning of museum education and children's programmes should be closely linked to the interests and needs of children and to national calendars and school curricula
  8. Educational policies should be developed for museum education Departments, museums as institutions and professional organizations that include an emphasis on the needs of children
  9. Children should be given a voice in the museum

Organization

  1. A network known as the Group for Children in Caribbean Museums (GCCM) will be established to initiate, link, support and monitor children's programmes in Caribbean museums
  2. CAM and MAC will support GCCM in order to help it function effectively
  3. GCCM will organize its activities taking into account Caribbean identity and culture and with a specific focus on contemporary issues.

Projects

  1. Organize a training workshop for museum educators and partners
  2. Establish a network to share information within Caribbean museums
  3. Establish new partnerships that can support the project and keep the partners informed of activities, programmes and programme materials to share, and other events and documents that may involve museum education (e.g. new curricula)
  4. Use communication technologies and different media to maintain the network and help museums in planning children's programmes. ( e.g. list serv, website, use of Caribbean education networks)