The Educational Museum in Vasa

Trip Start Oct 09, 2011
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Trip End Oct 21, 2011


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Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Sunday, October 9, 2011


 

The Educational Museum of Vasa is just behind “Pyrgos” Restaurant. The old building used to be the old school of the village and after gentrification it has become the cultural centre. On one of the pictures I have taken, there are the names of the group of people who contributed in the creation of this centre.

In all, I am sure every single family contributed with information, photos, documents and scripts which they shared.

 

We met Sotiri who showed us around. He used to be one of the teachers of this school many years back and has now retired but still wants to keep busy. He is proud like everyone else with the collection of so important documents, books, photos and hand written scripts. He speaks with pride when he refers to the result of the work beeing done and the Museum. Among the many photos there is a very old picture of Sotiri with his class on the wall. Truly there were many students attending school those years, but nowadays students have to take the bus and go to a neighboring, a much bigger village than Vasa every day.  We are truly impressed with what we see, the excellent design of the interior and the well display of the exhibits and precious collection.



Every piece of information is like a gem of its own. There are very old pictures from locals showing how life was those days. There is detailed information about the 5 significant persons who lived here and are people who will always be remembered. One of them was a lady teacher the first teacher of the school Mrs. Eleni, another one was the teacher of Byzantine music who lived between 1876 and 1949, and three more, photos of whom I have below. The most amazing of all is that with a press of a button one has access to an audio visual indicator showing the biography, the interview and photos of each of the 5 distinguished personalities.



Vasa is a well known wine producing village –the 5th actually, and during the British occupation the village had an economic growth.  In the second room with the presentation of the old school class of those days, we have the chance to see this British influence even on the copy books of the students of those days, with pictures of the Kings and Queens ruling that period!



Something that made me stop and smile was the huge Punishment book with entries that the teacher had to fulfill daily, showing the name and way of punishment in class.  I had a thorough look to see if I could spot somebody who was really giving a hard time to the teacher and I found a name which is repeated every now and then and the poor teacher is writing exactly what the student has done. In one case he was calling names to the girls, and another he made noise disturbing the class.  For this reason, the teacher writes in puristic language (katharevousa) how many times the poor student had to open his palm to receive a panty with a leather band!!!



The collection also includes a few ancient pots and flagon from the Hellenistic and the Archaic era.

I consider this Educational Musium one of the highlights of the village,- a place not be missed.



We left after thanking Sotiri for the tour he gave us. To be honest I could spend hours out here searching the books and reading the very old scripts and articles from the old newspapers. It is truly a very interesting place not only for grownup but for children as well.




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Janet on

Very interesting entry. I wish you had been with me when I was traveling through Cyprus. I missed so much!

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