Museums in schools or schools in museums?

Ashoka Fellow Pradeep Ghosh has embarked on a novel way to educate children in the Bhopal region that otherwise would not have access to schools.

Ghosh explains how his 120 students learnt their first lessons at the National Museum for Mankind, the only museum of its kind in the country. An entire hill has been shaped into actual habitats of various tribal communities of the country. There are three actual houses on tree tops depicting the houses of a tribe of the North East, and the children can learn about culture and habitat from this museum, he says.

The fundamental idea is to utilize the space of museums as centers for learning in order to overcome the infrastructure defcit that prevents many children from going to school. Read more here.

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