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The Children's Museum Jordan launches its Watch your Waste Museum

December 7, 2011

The Children’s Museum Jordan Launches the Watch Your Waste e-Museum

[December 7th, 2011]: The Children’s Museum Jordan, a non-profit educational initiative of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, celebrated the launch of its newest project, the Watch Your Waste e-Museum, a collaborative project with the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. His Excellency U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones welcomed guests and participating students at the Museum, and explained the importance of such projects in expanding cultural and educational exchange opportunities between Jordan and the U.S.

The Watch Your Waste e-Museum is an online platform, hosted at www.sekrabemuseum.org, that seeks to raise awareness of the needs and complexities of waste management, environmental protection and conservation amongst 12 – 14 year olds. Children from Jordan and the U.S. will work in their neighborhoods to discover the types of waste generated by their communities and learn to document it through filming, photography and storytelling. By the end of the project, the children will come up with a range of innovative solutions to an important international challenge.

The eMuseum website includes videos, photographs and various forms of social media which participating students will be encouraged to use throughout the project. Children in Jordan will also be able to share their learning experiences with their peers in the U.S. through facilitated Skype sessions along the way.

The Watch Your Waste e-Museum is an initiative of the American Association of Museums’ Museums & Communities Collaboration Abroad program, designed to foster international museum exchanges. The program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Knowing its reputation for creativity and outreach, the U.S. Embassy in Amman nominated the Children’s Museum Jordan for the grant in early 2011.

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