Virtual Museum School is an Innovation from OASiS – A Social Innovation Lab India.
OASiS (Organisation for Awareness of Integrated Social Security) has been working since 2003, on various social and socio-economic issues, churning out new models to address them, that have been nationally and internationally replicated by Government, NGOs, CSOs and Universities. All models can be seen at www.oasisorg.in.
The Museum School is one such model from the OASiS Lab. To reduce the educational disparity between the rich and poor, OASiS identified an under-utilized asset in cities – museums (e.g., Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Arts Museum) with exhibits covering a variety of subjects that are suitable for all ages but are often marketed as tourist destinations rather than learning centres. Tapping into this niche resource, OASiS established ‘The Museum School’ to bring quality education to the urban poor and underprivileged children with the museums providing an open learning space where children learn by doing, touching and observing models and artefacts.
OASiS also realized that the teacher training institutions located in urban areas have a large population of students who need practical training but have difficulties in securing placements in schools for their practicum. These teacher trainees are recruited to conduct the educational programmes of The Museum School.
The model received UNESCO’s Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation in Asia and the Pacific 2016.
With the coveted award proving the effectiveness of the model, OASiS decided to take this successful approach to underprivileged children who cannot reach the Museums, especially from semi-urban and rural areas. Virtual Museum School (ViMS) was thus conceived and designed by OASiS Lab in 2016.
People behind the project:
Pradeep Ghosh (Ashoka Fellow)