Since the island museums opened their doors in 2007, one of their priorities has been education, defined in a very broad sense. Education is one of the three pillars on which museum management is based. Museums operate with the ultimate aim of learning about the societies that came before us, but also with the aim of sharing this same knowledge with any visitor, regardless of their origin or condition. It is also through education that we will reach out to the community, as we consider this knowledge of heritage to be a tool for future development.
Between 2009 and 2011, the Museums Educational Plan was drawn up, a document that serves as a reference point for the museum’s educational policy, outlining the guidelines for the organisation of the museum’s educational projects and actions.
In didactics, the principles of Meaningful Learning and Meaningful Disclosure, among other currents of method and thought, are followed. The working model is participatory, flexible and oriented to each specific case. We try to integrate knowledge with emotions in hands-on learning. Play is present in the action; it is only through play that exploration, discovery and learning are encouraged, while trying to avoid being directive. For us, it is also vital to respect and integrate the background of the people who attend the activities.
The museums organise, on a regular basis, activities such as guided visits for school groups to the permanent exhibitions, workshops of various kinds, training talks for professionals (tourist guides, conservation agents, etc.), talks for the general public, conferences, etc. Themed routes on archaeology and/or ethnography, dramatised talks for schools… etc. are also organised. In addition, every two years the Museum Forum is held, an important meeting place for the community around the island’s heritage; contact with local residents has also been actively sought through actual archaeological action.