Sharjah Museums Department to launch ‘Switched on Summer Camp 2010’ on 27 June

Published June 22nd, 2010 - 12:17 GMT

Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) is launching the activities of "Switched on Summer Camp 2010" on June 27. The camp, which will last till July 15, is in line with SMD's key value for learning and providing educational yet fun activities for children during the summer months.

A series of activities conducted in both the English and Arabic language have been lined up at three different museums in Sharjah.

'Switched on Summer Camp 2010' is organized by the Interpretation and Education Department of SMD for children aged 11 to 14, and includes activities aimed at helping children to learn new skills, re-discover themselves in an atmosphere of fun, how to work as a team, and how to make friends.

"The camp aims at keeping the children physically active and mentally stimulated in a positive way, and we wish to encourage them to venture out beyond classroom learning. The activities will help the children to develop their hobbies and interests into meaningful pursuits and instill positive values," said Manal Ataya, Director General of SMD.

Sharjah Heritage Museum will organize two workshops on June 27 until July 1. "Live the UAE Heritage" encourages children to work in groups to imagine, live, create and draw a story on the UAE heritage in a modern way. "Let's Celebrate" encourages children to create and wear costumes, and take part in a theatrical play.

Sharjah Maritime Museum will organize two workshops from July 4 to 8. "Once Upon a Time" urges children to discover the diversity of UAE marine life, and create a comic book of their own. "Become a Diver" teaches children how to make traditional diving clothes, how to make tools of the divers in the past, and how to take part in a group role play.

From July 11 to 15, Sharjah Art Museum will organize two workshops; "Paintings and Stories", which teaches children how to immerse themselves in a 100-year-old painting and create a story book on their own, and "People in the City", which enables children to dress up and play the characters of a century old painting.

"SMD will organize workshops for all members of our diverse society including those who have hearing impairments. Sign language is used on a global level to facilitate interaction with people with hearing impairments and those who lack the ability to communicate verbally. Our objective is to meet the requirements of children with disabilities, thus communicating effectively with them and integrating them within the society," said Alya Burhaima, Acting Head of Education in Education and Interpretation Department.

Sharjah Museums Department provides a range of educational programmes for adults across its 17 museums. These include tours, gallery talks and workshops, which are held every Saturday in different museums. Gallery talks and workshops offer an excellent opportunity to learn about and discover new insights into SMD's extensive collections. 

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