Winter Tour of Mini Cultural Museum
This December, Global Playground visited three partner schools in Southeast Asia. While visiting the schools, Global Playground sponsored a Mini Cultural Museum at each site. Through this travelling exhibit they shared items from Global Playground project sites in Honduras, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Beginning in the Philippines, the group visited Agsilab Elementary School on the Northern coast of Panay island. A small, rural school of just 120 students, Agsilab Elementary has hosted Hannah Bunting in her Teaching Fellowship this school year.
Upon arrival, the Global Playground team-members were treated to Filipino cultural performances of song and dance before being given the floor to present the Mini Cultural Museum.
The tables of the museum were opened to students, parents, and teachers. With great care and curiosity, the community crowded around the colorfully patterned fabrics, handmade dolls, native tools, and other living artifacts representing the many cultures that Global Playground partners with worldwide.
Visitors especially enjoyed the opportunity to try the clothing pieces on!
While visiting the school, Global Playground also donated school supplies that were collected by Rose Smith in Bowie, Maryland. Agsilab Elementary School received 40 books, 5 maps (including 2 atlases), and art supplies. Supplies were also donated to Mangoso Elementary School, a rural Global Playground school located on Panay.
Afterwards the Global Playground team visited partner schools in Khe Sanh, Vietnam. At Khe Sanh Secondary School, the items were formally presented to the students and teachers before attendees were given the opportunity to explore the exhibit. The teachers particularly loved trying on the Kenyan Maasai jewelry.
The museum items are particularly special because they embody the close connection among Global Playground communities. Most of the items in the exhibit are gifts received from hosts at Global Playground partner schools: a rungu shepherding staff and blanket from friends that belong to Kenya’s Maasai tribe; Shan shirts and longyi from Myanmar; clothes from Hmong and Karen tribes in Northern Thailand; and a colorful, handmade cornhusk doll from Honduras.
Currently, the Mini Cultural Museum is being rotated from classroom to classroom at Walker Jones Education Campus, a public school in Washington, DC.