Children’s Festival@MAG 2019 was launched at Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery (MAG) in conjunction with the United Nation’s Children’s Day celebration.
Themed “Our Children, Our Future Leaders”, the event was in line it with the bank’s belief in the importance of good governance and leadership.
Present at the launch were Kuala Lumpur Education Department deputy director Mohd Najib Ab Rahman, Bank Negara chief services officer Shamsuddin Mohd Mahayidin and its MAG director Lim Foo Thai.
A state-level choral speaking competition themed “Smart Money”, with nine Kuala Lumpur schools participating, also took place at the event.
They were SMK (P) Jalan Ipoh, SMk Bandar Baru Sentul, SMK (P) Pudu, SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, SM Integrasi Sains Tahfiz MAIWP, SMK Bandar Tasik Selatan, SMK St Mary, SMK Bandar Baru Sri Petaling and SMK Kiaramas.
SMK Bandar Tasik Selatan emerged champion, while SMK Convent Bukit Nanas and SMK (P) Jalan Ipoh were first and second runners-up, respectively.
This year, there were daily Museum Leadership Trail activities and customised programmes during the festival which ends on Dec 15.
Among the programmes were Get to Know Your Banknotes (for those aged seven to 17) and Look Before You Leap (13 to 17 years).
Bank Negara MAG Education, Public Programmes and Visitor Services manager Gabrielle Evelyn Lee said the aim of organising such activities was not only for the participants to have fun, but to also let them learn about money management, including ways to identify banknotes.
Bank Negara MAG offers a multifaceted range of themes through its six permanent galleries, namely Children’s Gallery, Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, Economic Gallery, Islamic Finance Gallery, Numismatics Gallery and Art Gallery.
“The museum opens daily from 10am to 6pm, except on the first three days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“Admission is free for all international and local participants but customised programmes require pre-registration, ” said Lee.