Climate+Change Arts Education Program, Pokhara – Srijanalaya

Climate+Change Arts Education Program, Pokhara

Date: 01st September 2014

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: International Mountain Museum, Pardi Bazaar, Pokhara, Nepal

Age Group: 10-30

Participants: 3000

Project Details

    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GlacierWorks in coordination with, Thinc Design, and Srijanalaya brought the educational-oriented exhibition  entitled ‘Climate + Change: A Regional Dialogue on the Future’ to the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara.

    The objective of the exhibition was to promote dialogue among scientists, people, and policy makers living and working in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. This was done by raising awareness of the status of the changing Himalayas as a result of climate change and the possible effects to human life as well as by strengthening environmental awareness of visitors to the exhibition and promote public interest in environmental protection and climate change.

    Srijnalaya's  Arts and Education Program for the exhibition on Climate+Change seeked to inspire teachers, administrators, students, museum educators, and arts educators to engage in project-based learning around Climate Change. 

    The program was designed to provide an innovative learning experience for young people and the general public through a unique Museum Education Outreach. Activities were designed to allow young people and school children and their teachers to understand and engage with the various issues around Climate Change that the  exhibition presented. The arts education program was multidimensional and involved artists, educators, environment researchers and activists.

    The framework of the program emphasized project-based, student-centred instruction in an interactive learning setting. Sessions were designed around topics directly related to the exhibition and the current socio-political issues.

    The program was designed to orchestrate strong connections with the Department of Education, community schools, and private schools in Kaski.  We largely focused on Class 7 to support the government’s initiative to introduce a revised curriculum on climate change from Class 1 to 10.   Class 7 students were the first batch to have completed the new units on climate change released in the Class 6 textbooks the previous year. The arts educational program included indepth work with schools, educational tours in the museum, art workshops, and public art residencies in order to demonstrate the possibilities of project-based learning in climate change.

    Through an array of activities, Srijanalaya was able to reach out to more than 2200 students from over 50 schools. We also interacted directly or indirectly with around 600 teachers and conducted 4 teacher/student seminars and 6 trained museum arts education tours. We also worked with various artists through our workshops and artist residencies.