Sharjah Museums participates in Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS) Exhibition

Press release
Published March 9th, 2014 - 09:17 GMT

The Sharjah Museums’ Department (SMD) participated in the seventh edition of Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions Exhibition (GESS 2014) and Global Education Forum (GEF 2014).

Through its participation for the second consecutive year, SMD aimed to spread awareness of its educational programmes and knowledge of its museums’ massive collections.

The 7th Annual Global Education Forum featured 100 workshops, panel sessions and roundtable discussions. The activities featured the participation of 20 world-class main keynote and 150 general speakers in the specialized workshops which focus on three main topics, including technological skills for the 21st century; teaching methods and curricula for the 21st century and engaging parents and students in the learning process. 

The Department hosted a stand at the exhibition, displaying a unique Holy Quran from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, in support of Sharjah’s status as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014.

GESS 2014 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and is supported by His Excellency Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami, Minister of Education, who also delivered the opening address.

The exhibition was held in alongside the Global Education Forum, attracting regional and international teachers and educators. A line-up of world-renowned speakers took to the stage during the event, in 11 keynote speeches, more than 70 presentations, and 20 workshops in addition to 100 panel discussions.

Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department (SMD), said: “Every year we take part in this event aiming to familiarize visitors and teachers, in particular, of the wide spectrum of educational programmes and workshops offered by SMD. Our specially-tailored programmes are suitable for adults and children of all abilities and interests and run all year-round, to ensure everyone has access and opportunity to learning in a fun and unique museum environment. .”

Background Information

Sharjah Museums Department

The Sharjah Museums Authority - SMA (Sharjah Museums Department – SMD previously) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as an independent government department. Sharjah Museums Authority includes 15 museums covering Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, marine life, Sharjah history and the region.

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