It's back to school with new travelling education exhibition

 Science lab then.
Science lab then. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND THE ARTS COLLECTION, COURTESY OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE
 Science lab now.
Science lab now. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
School canteen Then.
School canteen Then. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND THE ARTS COLLECTION, COURTESY OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE
School canteen now.
School canteen now. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
 PE then.
PE then. PHOTO: BUKIT PANJANG GOVERNMENT SCHOOL COLLECTION, COURTESY OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE
PE now.
PE now. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

SINGAPORE - An SG50 exhibition on how education has evolved over the last half-century will launch later this month before travelling around the island.

Good Morning 'Cher: Our Schools, Our Teachers, Our Stories is being organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and showcases school memorabilia, artefacts, photographs, stories and interactive elements.

Visitors will also be encouraged to submit their thoughts on what they hope schools here will be like in 2065.

Education minister Heng Swee Keat will officially launch the exhibition at Changi City Point on July 11 and it will travel to various locations until the end of August.

He said: "I am sure this exhibition will evoke Singaporeans' fond memories of their good old school days and inspire all of us to continue to bring out the best in every child."

The MOE said: "The exhibition is a reflection of and an appreciation of the efforts of the republic's pioneering educators. It is also a tribute to our teachers today.

Mr Heng took to Facebook on Thursday to share fond memories from his school days when he and his classmates had a huge field - but no sports equipment.

Instead they used to play "police and thief" which the 54-year-old described as "great fun". He added: "Chalkboards have been replaced with interactive smartboards and tablets stand in for some textbooks.

"But our progress over the last 50 years can't be attributed to more technology or equipment alone, as important as they are. It's how our teachers and schools have made use of what's available to help our children learn and bring out the best in every child. That has stayed constant right from the start."

Admission to the exhibition is free. It will open from 12pm to 9pm at the following locations:

Changi City Point Basement Atrium - 10 to 12 July

Westgate Basement 1 Event Hall - 24 to 26 July

Ang Mo Kio Hub Basement 1 Exhibition Hall - 14 to 16 August

Suntec City Mall West Atrium - 28 to 30 August