Students from King David School and Sirius College participated in this year’s final Museums Together session at the Islamic Museum of Australia on 11 November.

Sirius students guided their King David counterparts through activities exploring Islamic faith, architecture, cuisine, script and social contributions as well as the Australian Muslim experience. The session closed with a ceremony detailing lessons learnt and how they might be held onto.

Reports of bullying in Victorian schools have underscored the importance of Museums Together’s mission of building bridges between communities – so future generations might accept and respect each other and stand stand against intolerance and racism.

“Museums Together is a powerful vehicle for cross-cultural exchange,” said Islamic Museum of Australia General Manager Maryum Chaudhry. “We are thrilled to be part of it and contribute to positive interfaith dialogue.”

Sirius College Religion and Values Educator Dr Sadik Kirazli agreed, stating, “Museums Together represents an opportunity for students to learn about difference as well as how to live with people from diverse backgrounds, which in this country is so important.”

Funded via a three-year Sidney Myer Fund grant, the program has seen 100 Year 6 students get to know each other, train as guides at their respective museums, and act as hosts when their counterparts visit. It has been tailored to integrate with the Victorian curriculum across civics and citizenship plus ethical, intercultural, and personal and social capabilities.

Jewish Museum of Australia Senior Education Coordinator Jenny Better said, “Museums Together encourages students to meet and engage with each other in a meaningful way. This is the simplest way to break down barriers and strengthen multiculturalism. We look forward to it continuing in 2020.”