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Fikra Program Graduation

May 17, 2009

Under the Patronage of the Minister of Social Development

The Children’s Museum Graduates Children from its Fikra Program

[Amman, Jordan – May 2009] – Deputizing on behalf of The Minister of Social Development, Mr. Mohamad Abu Shanab attended The Children’s Museum graduation ceremony for the children between the ages of 7-14 from its Fikra Program, on Monday May 4th, 2009.  Launched in October 2008, Fikra (eureka/idea) is an after school enrichment program for children who do not have the opportunity to visit the Museum due to personal or financial obstacles.  Its aim is to develop children's creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills through fun and stimulating activities during eight different visitation sessions. This year, 300 children from various NGO's and charitable institutions attended Fikra once a week, under the Ministry of Social Development.

The graduation ceremony included a welcome note by Ms. Haya Smadi, the Children’s Museum School Program Developer/Coordinator followed by an address by Mr. Abu Shanab.  A visual presentation of Fikra 2009 was presented followed by a children’s reflections session regarding their experience.  A presentation of certificates was then followed by an exhibition of the children’s work that was completed after the program.

Mr. Abu Shanab stated regarding the event, “Childhood is considered the most important stage in development, on which all subsequent stages are built. Therefore we at the Ministry of Social Development are happy to have our children participate in this program for the anticipated benefit they will gain in order to prepare them for the future. We also thank The Children’s Museum for their offering such stimulating programs that enable children to discover them selves and excel. “

The Ministry of Social Development and The Children’s Museum signed a MoU to ensure that no child is left behind in the hands-on play-based learning experience of the Museum by collaborating and creating this special program.

Children who attended the eight week Fikra program participated in various interactive learning activities.  They discovered how to express themselves, developed new skills, learn to work as a team, and how to bring ideas to life.  Activities entailed playing in the Exhibit Hall, creating various artworks at the Art Studio, listening to stories at the Library, participating in Kids InventTM, attended drama workshops and much more.  The program concluded with graduation certificate  ceremony.

Children expressed their joy and happiness for attending these sessions as they were exposed to many new things and they learnt a lot of new information in an informal fun way; Jumana, A child that attended Fikra workshops under the Ministry of Social Development umbrella, commented on her experience saying:” I was so excited to come to the Children’s Museum, our days here were the most exciting in my life. I especially liked learning about the Earth and the stars; I joyfully waited for our Wednesday visits.” 

Mrs. Haya Smadi, School Program Developer/Coordinator stated, “After school activities are an essential part of a child’s learning experience because it gives them an opportunity to discover where their passions lie in an informal learning environment.  That is why we wanted to ensure that as many children as possible are able to experience this learning approach; and thanks to the Ministry of Social Development, we are able to access those children who would not usually be able to attend such after school programs.  We look forward to continuing Fikra and giving children an opportunity to immerse themselves through play-based learning.

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