On June 22nd, members of the GEM-JC project office in Egypt visited the Cairo Japanese School to give a special lecture on museums and cultural properties in Egypt.
The Cairo Japanese School had contacted the project office to hold this session as part of the curriculum for 5th and 6th graders, who are currently learning about the pyramids and ancient Egypt.
The lecture aimed to boost the students’ interest in museums, provide an opportunity to consider their purpose and value, and introduce the GEM-JC project.
On the day of the event, Ms. Chie Haoka of JICA Egypt Office, Ms. Akiko Nishisaka, Deputy Project Manager of GEM-JC Project, and Ms. Misako Moriyama, expert of GEM-JC Project visited the school as lecturers and gave a presentation by PowerPoint. The students also enjoyed collecting handmade museum stamps from Ms. Nishisaka and playing with mummy Karuta cards made by Ms. Moriyama. The one-hour lecture was a great success, and both students and teachers gave positive remarks and questions such as “I learned that cultural properties are treasures.” and “Why is the mummy of Amenhotep III not on display at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization?”
Next month, we are planning to visit the Egyptian Civilization Museum together to learn more about the mummies of the royal family which had just been transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.