International Museum Day – Minister highlights museums’ role in education
Such is the gist of a message by the Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Idith Alexander on the occasion of the International Museum Day.
The full text of Minister Alexander’s message reads:
“Today May 18, Seychelles together with the rest of the world is celebrating the International Museum Day under the theme Museum and contested histories, saying the unspeakable in Museum declared by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
“This theme focuses on the role of museums and their significant contribution in modern society. Museums are hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people allowing them to understand history as a first step for a shared future under the banner of reconciliation. The theme of the International Museum Day 2017 Museums and Contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museum is relevant today in the context of Seychelles where the nation is in the process of working for a common goal of truth and reconciliation and closure thus bringing healing to our people.
“Since 1965 the Seychelles government embarked on the creation of various museums to reflect their importance in our society in respect to their role in preserving our cultural heritage. We are currently working on the ‘Musée de La Marine’ and finalising the opening of the National Museum of History at the Ex-Supreme Court, a project made possible with the Private Public Partnership (PPP). Such project is welcomed by our ministry seeing the interest of private sector in the protection of our history for future generations. It is my wish that more companies would come forward, and more museums are created by the private sector.
“Finally, I wish to encourage our nation specially our children to adopt the culture of visiting museums as part of our development and educational process for the creation of a better Seychelles, thus reflecting our National Theme; ‘Seselwa- En Sel Desten’.”
Source: Seychelles Nation