School-museum surveys

Surveys on the potentialities of museums as education centres for schools



1- First survey

The survey carried out in 1999 (40 questionnaires were distributed, 29 answers received from 17 French-and Portuguese-speaking African towns) shows that 90% of African primary school children do not go to their local museum.

For a total population of 17 800 635 inhabitants, 2 306 262 go to primary school.

Museums of these towns are characterised by:

Survey results

2- Second survey

In order to develop a greater synergy between these two educational institutions and improve the educational offer of African museums to primary school children, a second survey took place from March 2001 to February 2002, in five countries (Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Senegal).

Objectives

School group at the Musée des Civilisations de Côte d'IvoireIn order to identify "entry ways" to cultural education:

* collect and analyse the totality of primary school curricula;
* collect and analyse school books recommended and used in basic disciplines for the teaching of heritage in primary school;
* collect and analyse secondary school curricula in history, geography, art, music, manual work ;
* collect and analyse the opinions of actors in the formal educational systems (primary and secondary school directors, primary and secondary school teachers, inspectors and associations of pupils parents).