Inheriting Harappa‘s dynamic educational and public programme caters to diverse audiences. It is chiefly based on the Special Exhibition Rediscovering Harappa. While one of its components is especially designed to raise awareness of the Indus Valley Civilization amongst young school children at primary and secondary levels, another one caters to an adult audience. In both cases, the project uses the Lahore Museum’s platform for providing informal learning opportunities for different age groups and publics. The main features of this programme are:
- Creatively designed Activity Books for children, based on the special exhibition Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements
- Pottery workshops and hands-on clay works demonstrations
- Guided tours of the special exhibition galleries conducted by trained docents
- Public lecture series presenting distinguished speakers, writers, artists, academics and scholars who engage closely with the Harappan world
- A selection of online Teaching Aids available on this website for both parents and teachers
On Monday, 30 November 2015, the first group of 120 children from two different branches of Lahore Grammar School who had registered for Inheriting Harappa‘s Educational programme turned up for their school tour of the Special Exhibition. These were mainly Grade Fivers, so 9 to 10-year olds. As they arrived with their schoolteachers in the Tollington Building section of the Lahore Museum, they were greeted by the Education Curator, Zeb Bilal and the docents who then divided the school children into four groups. Each group was led by two docents through a series of organized activities. While two groups were taken on a guided tour of the special exhibition, the remaining two went through a hands-on Harappan seal-making session followed by pottery-making demonstrations.
At the Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements exhibit, the docents introduced the concept of a special exhibition, explained important keywords and located the main Harappan sites in the Entrance Gallery. As they made their way through the seven odd galleries, the docents helped the children engage with objects through specific exercises set out in their Educational Activity book. This guided tour lasted for about 40 minutes and the next station was the group photo taken by the museum photograph in the Auditorium against a beautiful crimson backdrop with the Harappan palm-tree motif. This would be the momento that we hope not only reminded these schoolchildren of their memorable visit to the special exhibition but would also motivate them to return to the Lahore Museum several times more!
In December 2015, around seven schools had registered for the Inheriting Harappa Educational Programme (IHEP) with guided tours and activities conducted by trained docents. These docent-led activities continued into January 2016 and by mid-March 2016 we have had a record of 1131 school children attend the IHEP sessions along with some 100 accompanying school teachers and staff members. Subject to availability of docents, our Educational Programme is being offered till 21st April 2016 for the duration of the Special Exhibition, Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements on display at the Lahore Museum.
Download a pdf version of the Rediscovering Harappa Educational Activity Book called ‘The Animals’! Click below:
INHERITING HARAPPA DOCENT-LED SCHOOL TOURS, November – December 2015