Msheireb Museums, the four heritage houses and the cultural destination in Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), marked the graduation of a new class of the Msheireb Museums Friends Programme in a ceremony at Bin Jelmood House.
Teachers, leaders and students from a wide range of educational organisations and youth associations were enrolled for one week in a training programme that familiarises them with the contents on display across the four heritage houses to become ambassadors and partners in preserving Qatar’s cultural and intellectual heritage.
Graduates are considered capable of conducting tours on behalf of the museums team to their organisations, friends and family.
“The programme takes participants down two routes; theoretical and practical. The theoretical ensures they grasp the information conveyed by the four houses, while the practical trains them on conducting actual tours across the galleries. Eventually, everyone undertakes an assessment to measure their progress,” Abdulla al-Naama, public programmes manager at Msheireb Museums, said.
Ahmed al-Harami from Qatar Youth Hostel and one of the graduates said he was happy to be part of the Msheireb Museums Friends Programme.
“This week was an amazing opportunity to know more about Qatar’s History generally, and that of Msheireb specifically. I am inspired to share my knowledge with my friends, family and colleagues, and I look forward to fulfilling my role as an ambassador for Msheireb Museums,” he added.
Khadija Abdul Latibu, a school teacher and another participant in the programme thanked Msheireb Museums for “an exciting programme that introduced us to Qatar’s culture from various perspectives.”
“I do believe the training I received here will help me in conveying the historical context to my students.” Msheireb Museums is consistently transforming their practices and offerings to remain closer to the community.