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The Egypt Centre has been running our award winning ‘Young Egyptologist Workshops’ for children since January 2002.

 

Our Young Egyptologist Workshops are designed for children from community first areas of Swansea, that are disadvantaged (socially / economically) disaffected or have low confidence and self-esteem in need of extra educational enrichment aged between 7-11.

 

It is our aim is to improve literacy and numeracy but most importantly to build confidence, self esteem and foster a lover of learning.

 

Each month during term time, teachers that have booked one of our workshops are asked to select pupils whom they think would most benefit. 14 children are selected by their teachers to attend the workshops for two consecutive Saturdays. 

The children are given various fun activities to do – taking the innards out of the dummy mummy to practice embalming and dressing up as ancient Egyptians are extremely popular! We also allow the handling of real Egyptian objects and other activities include going to ‘scribe school’ and learning to write their names in hieroglyphs, learning about ancient Egyptian animals and Gods as well as playing ancient games! There are lots of art and craft activities and the resultant objects are proudly taken home.

At the end of the 2 days we have a presentation ceremony.  The children’s relatives, as well as their teachers are invited to see each child have their moment of glory as they receive their well-earned certificates!

 

Each year we have a different exciting and engaging theme  – 2018/2019 is  Science and Technology!

We provide a morning snack and lunch for all the children, as well as a mini bus with escort to pick them up and drop them off at their school!

 

One teacher commented saying that a particular child’s attitude to learning had changed so dramatically that she was now giving class talks on Egyptology and researching the subject in her own time!

 

For more information about the Young Egyptologist Workshops please contact us:

Wendy Goodridge  w.r.goodridge@swansea.ac.uk

Samuel Wale s.r.wale@swansea.ac.uk

01792 295 960.

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