- Community Empowerment
The Children’s Museum
This day was a long time coming. May 22, 2007: the doors of Jordan’s first children’s museum opened.
It was the realization of a personal dream of mine for Jordan’s children. It is a place where they can come together, play, laugh, and make new friends. A place where imaginations are lit, ideas sparked, and connections made. A place where children discover new ways of learning, and begin to approach challenges with curiosity and creativity, that they can apply to all aspects of their life.
Children who come through our doors, will learn by touching, thinking, digging, climbing, pulling, pushing, driving, smelling, flying, racing, building, sorting and solving, all at their own pace, among the colorful and interactive exhibits.
Imagine walking through the human digestive system, and exploring outer space in our astronomy dome, or discovering artifacts in an archaeological dig, and riding a bumblebee through a flower-bed?
But the fun of the children’s museum complements much broader goals for Jordan’s children—I am talking about our efforts to reinvigorate and reform public schools.
Just as we aim to encourage our youngest citizens to question, create and debate…so the museum stimulates young minds.
While we train our teachers to explore new interactive, child-centered methods…the museum helps them outline their lesson plans.
As we equip our classrooms with technologies so that our children can learn about the world, and the world can learn about our children; at the museum, our young explorers globetrot, and stamp their passports as they go.
And as we revise our national curricula to be more modern, balanced, and in tune with today’s world, one glance around our museum will assure anyone that we are on top of current trends.
In short, we are pushing the boundaries of education because we want our most precious citizens to grow up armed with the knowledge, skills, strategies, and values that will allow them to excel in a fast-paced and competitive world.
Come and visit; let us know what you think.