Money for nothing and children learn for free
A travelling exhibition shares the history of money with kids at Machimaar Nagar
THE MUSEUM OF WHEELS WENT TO Machimaar Nagar on October 10. It turned out to be an exciting exposure for the kids there.
This visit was organised by the Rotary Club of Bombay in association with VIDYA Integrated Development for Youth and Adults. Museum on Wheels is a pioneering outreach initiative for the city of Mumbai, a bus with a travelling
exhibition with themes that change periodically. At the time of its visit to Machimaar Nagar, the theme was ‘Barter to Banking’ which took onlookers through the change that occurred over a period of time when the Indians decided
to make money for exchange.
Rtn. Ptn. Ekta Shah co-ordinated the trip effectively and VIDYA was led by Manisha Ahuja and other volunteers. The students were from lower income strata English medium schools across Mumbai from ages five to 11 years.
Said Manisha, “Such an exercise is crucial for the holistic development of children as it exposes them to a new form of learning in which they can explore themselves. It helps to create thinking among these young minds about the information they get in the museum.”
The kids from standards Sr KG to 4th showed eagerness to know the history of the different types of coins. The main
attraction for them turned out to be when the guide made a Persian coin in front of them with the 5th century
SUCH AN EXERCISE IS CRUCIAL FOR THE HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AS IT EXPOSES THEM TO A NEW FORM OF LEARNING
Some students got to take the freshly minted coins as souvenirs. Yashika Rajput, one of the many students here, was thrilled to know that 5th century meant a coin from 1600 years ago. Students were also asked to give feedback in the classroom so as to develop their expression of verbal skills.
Sanjay Mohite, a VIDYA employee was delighted to see the initiative organised by the RCB as it took the children out of their classroom-and-homework schedule to learn something new.