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Dadu’s Museum in Residence

21 June 2022

By Hissa Al Hitmi

Play is key to children’s learning, development, and wellbeing. The Museum in Residence programme at Dadu, The Children's Museum of Qatar delivers playful learning opportunities to the classroom.

Geared towards children ages three to seven, the Museum in Residence (MIR) programme aims at enhancing the educational space in Qatar by transforming classrooms into immersive environments that allow children to learn through play.

The MIR programme utilises methods such as Montessori, based on hands-on learning and a constant state of active exploration. Installations are created to be open-ended and have multiple learning outcomes in order to give children the agency to explore and engage with the installations however they like.

It’s different, interactive… we don’t have a lot of this. We need this for our students.

Teacher, Nosaiba bint Kaab School for Girls

Girl playing with puzzle pieces

First launched in 2019, MIR has developed several unique programmes to be brought into schools. The current programme, Light Atelier, utilises 6 different installations, allowing children to take the lead and freely discover concepts about light and shadow. Light Atelier is also constantly evolving, adding new LED lights, projection screens and loose play parts to further enhance the learning experience.

The children love going to the room. They particularly enjoy the sense of freedom they feel when they visit the space.

Collaborator, Academyati

Designed to work within the school’s curriculum, each residency is accompanied by teacher professional development sessions. These sessions allow the schools to first shape and design the installation, and then to introduce the equipment and to facilitate approaches around the ever important learning-through-play philosophy.

Children experimenting with light to create shadows of their toy dinosaurs
children playing with objects to create shadows

Dadu’s Museum in Residence has seen great success since its launch, with high demand from schools highlighting the need for such programmes in Qatar.

In the past three years alone, Light Atelier has been to five international and government schools to date, with more than one thousand participants enjoying the installation. Also, for the first time, the installation will be hosted as a temporary exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art starting July.

If you are interested in partnering with Dadu for your school, please email daduschools@qm.org.qa with the subject title: Museum in Residence – Light Atelier.

Hissa Al Hitmi is an Editorial Coordinator at Qatar Museums.

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