The International Scientific-Practical Conference “Education in Museums: New Global and National Strategies in the 21st century”
The International Scientific-Practical Conference “Education in Museums: New Global and National Strategies in the 21st century” will be held in Samarkand on 16 May 2016. Following the conference, the Practical Training “Museums and Education in the 21st century: New Practices and Prospect of Development” will be conducted from 17 to 18 May 2016.
These meetings are co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and the Regional Government of Samarkand Province with support from the French Embassy in Uzbekistan, the Goethe Institute in Tashkent and the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation) on the occasion of the International Museum Day, which is celebrated internationally on 18 May.
Embracing the public dimension of their mission has led museums to focus on education as a public service, which includes exploration, study, observation, critical thinking, contemplation and social dialogue - areas that traditionally have not necessarily been associated with museums. The modern museum aspires to become a vehicle for discovery and encouraging talent. It is an anchor for the community and a forum for representing cultural identities and diversity, competing histories, contested certainties, and cultural differences.
The main purpose of the meetings is an international exchange of experience among the leading specialists from Uzbekistan and abroad in the field of museum education as well as training of young professionals on new international practice in the field of education in museums. Also, it is planned to elaborate a number of recommendations aimed at extension and increasing the museums; activity in Uzbekistan in the field of non-formal education.