Cairo / Tunis / Amman, April – May 2009
The Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum offers numerous possibilities for its use as an educational tool: 18 Virtual Exhibitions present the history and cultural legacy of the Islamic Mediterranean in an attractive and easily accessible format; in Learn with MWNF students get to know the Virtual Museum's Database through a series of games and exercises; a Historical Cross Referencing facility makes it possible to relate each item on display in the Virtual Museum's Permanent Collection to historical events that occurred in different countries during the period of the item's creation.
A series of workshops organised between March and May 2009 in Cairo, Tunis and Amman provided an opportunity to familiarise museum staff, educators and cultural communicators with the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum and its educational potential.
The programme was inaugurated at a crowded event at the Al-Ghury complex in downtown Cairo, chaired by HE Ambassador Fathy El Shazly, member of the Committee of Honour of MWNF. The Bardo Museum in cooperation with the Médiathèque were the organisers of the workshops in Tunis. The closing event took place at Amman Baccalaureate School. The panel, chaired by HRH Princess Sumayyah of Jordan, also a member of the MWNF Committee of Honour, included representatives of the Department of Antiquities, the Museum at the Citadel and the Friends of Archaeology.
The workshops were organised with the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development.
Speech of Dr. Aida Naghawi-Dodo, Director of the Museum at the Citadel.