Celebrating International Museum Day

To commemorate International Museum Day on May 18th, the Department of Antiquities and USAID’s Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) organized heritage related activities with 12 girls schools across Jordan.


USAID SCHEP, implemented by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), worked with schools at 12 schools in the communities where SCHEP is active. SCHEP supports sites in Bayt R’as in Irbid, Madaba, Umm al-Jimal, Ghawr al-Safi, Busayra, Bir Madhkur, Wadi Araba, Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba.


SCHEP Chief of Party, Nizar Al Adarbeh said, “The project is keen to involve various age groups, especially school aged kids. They have such an important role in preserving our cultural heritage and we hope to fostering their creative and intellectual engagement to heritage. We want them to understand the importance of this heritage and their role in preserving it.”


“It was a really singular experience, having more than 500 students come together to break their preconceived notions about cultural heritage. We highlighted their responsibility in bringing about a change in the way we preserve heritage and making this change sustainable. ”


In addition to touring the SCHEP archaeological sites, the students visited museums and engaged in a variety of activities. These included restoration and repair of pottery, mosaics, and identifying Nabataean and Thamudic inscriptions and rock paintings.


This event was part of SCHEP’s “Youth for Heritage” program, a series of events and activities to raise the awareness of the local community about the importance of Jordan’s cultural heritage and how to preserve it. It aims to provide a community a base for practice in the concepts of conservation, management and development of these resources.


SCHEP is a four year USAID project that uses a community-first approach to preserving, managing and promoting cultural heritage resource in Jordan..