Updated Mar 30, 2019

Museums as Schools giving quality education to underprivileged children - The Museum School

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Museums of the world are sanctuaries of knowledge, preserving the past, relating the present, and imagining the future. The Museum School uses such knowledge rich spaces, to bring quality education to children, who cannot afford school education.

SDG Goal 4: 'Ensuring Inclusive and Equitable Quality education for All' can only be achieved, when all children have got equal access to all knowledge sources of the world. But it's basic elements: Infrastructure, Teaching Aids and Teachers come at a cost. This induces inequality and disparity between different economic sections of society. Big cities have slums and homeless people, whose chil...
SDG Goal 4: 'Ensuring Inclusive and Equitable Quality education for All' can only be achieved, when all children have got equal access to all knowledge sources of the world. But it's basic elements: Infrastructure, Teaching Aids and Teachers come at a cost. This induces inequality and disparity between different economic sections of society. Big cities have slums and homeless people, whose children cannot afford schools. But such cities also have Museums of Science, Arts, Archaeology, Astronomy, Technology, Natural History, etc with life size Exhibits to practically demonstrate and disseminate their rich knowledge pool. They also employ Subject Experts as staff, researchers and volunteers. The Museum School uses such existing knowledge filled Museums as Schools, their Exhibits (mapped to curriculum) as Teaching Aids, and educated Youth trained by Museum experts as Teachers, to give high-quality education to children who cannot afford schools. In it's physical form, The Museum School takes out-of-school children in the city, everyday to different Museums to learn different subjects. Over the past 12 years, The Museum School has taught more than 3,000 students in 4 cities. For places without Museums, lessons at the museums are being recorded in 3D to provide an immersive experience for students in rural schools, so that they get the same quality education at the Museums virtually. The Museum School thus helps attain the SDG Goal 4, using all existing resources optimally.

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The Museum School has benefitted over 3000 children in 1 city and replicated in 3 cities for another 500, but it needs to reach more children in cities and countries with No Museums. Knowledge in Museums of the world need to reach children worldwide.
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Education, Basic Education, Secondary Education and 7 MoreSEE ALL

Education, Basic Education, Secondary Education, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP), Methods & Learning, Inclusive Education, Teacher Development and Training, Public-Private Partnerships, Technology and InclusionSEE LESS

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While access to quality education is a fundamental right for all children, there is a great disparity in the quality of educational provision. between children from poor and rich families. While privileged students get top quality infrastructure, extensive resources and many well-qualified teachers, poorer students lack these vital components of quality education. This inequality of education contributes to inequality of life choices, opportunities, economic disparity & an endless poverty cycle.



The Museum School addresses the issues of poor infrastructure, limited resources and a lack of trained teachers by making use of a City’s Museums to provide quality education to children. Museums have the greatest pool of knowledge, explained through the best teaching aids in the world (their exhibits). They also have subject experts as researchers and volunteers. The Museum School brings all these resources together, to deliver high-quality education to economically deprived children.

Target Beneficiaries

The Museum School targets children who are not attending school because of various reasons. Children drop out of school because of lack of interest, failure in examination, no employability after schooling, economic condition or social responsibilities. Such children usually come from economically and socially deprived families living in city's slums. Other children with "learning disabilities" (according to mainstream education) and victims of discrimination and abuse also add to the list.

Mission and Vision

The vision of The Museum School is to bring the best quality education and knowledge of the world, to all children alike, irrespective of geographical boundaries, linguistic capabilities, social, economic, IQ, accessibility disparities, and learning abilities. Its mission is to make the quest for knowledge, exciting, playful and desirable to all children, and bring all knowledge sources of the world physically or virtually (through virtual reality) to them, to quench their thirst.

Competitive Advantage

Most education initiatives for underprivileged aim to teach their children within a community space or local school, using economical kits or teaching aids and through volunteers. Their initiatives are therefore limited to literacy, basic maths, a bit of science, and livelihood skills. Very few initiatives strive to get the best infrastructure, teaching aids and teachers, as they cost a lot. The Museum School tried to identify existing resources to bring these together, and found all of them in the Museums. There was an added advantage too. Children got a chance to move out of their community environment, and observe something better to emulate. This approach has high scalability, as no separate school infrastructure is required, and children visit different museums (or galleries) on different days of the week, to study different subjects. Virtual Museum School is taking this a step further, helping children in any location reach Museums virtually in 3D, and get same quality education.

Planned Goals and Milestones

To overcome the challenge of no museums in rural areas, and distance between the underprivileged areas in cities (slums) and the museums, The Museum School is exploring the use of virtual reality. Lessons at the museums are being video recorded in 3D, and translated into multiple languages. Used in rural and urban impoverished schools, children will enter the Museum virtually (3D) and learn from the Experts through the exhibits. Teachers will act as facilitators of equitable quality education.
Funding Goal350,000
New Implemented CountriesBangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan
Recruit15 Management, 1 Board, 2 Advisors, 50 Volunteers
New FeatureCreate a network of facilitators around the world, to take the knowledge of the world, to all education deprived children in every country.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our team has the right mix of academicians, counsellors, subject experts, script writers, teachers, video documentarists, translators, voice over artists, etc, to make the Virtual Museum School a reality. Two video teams one each in India, and US are already in place. We need more in our team to first create a repository of 3D video lessons, and then implement them in phases in different geographies. During implementation, more stakeholders will join the team to liaise with their own networks.



Mar 2019
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