Kevin Mathew

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Kevin Mathew is science enthusiast, a history nerd and a passionate education activist. He promotes student empowerment here and in India, where he volunteers for a charitable trust which promotes the education for economically disadvantaged children. Kevin is of Indian heritage and moved to Kuwait as a child. At 14, he immersed himself in the Middle East’s rich culture via the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI), where he volunteered as a docent and a museum intern for the last three years. At 16, he initiated a student-led docent program at Tareq Rajab Museum, Tareq Rajab Docent Program (TRDP), recruiting 20 students to be part of the initial team. Together, the team wrote a training manual about many of the artifacts in the museum and recruited and trained younger students to become docents through numerous interactive workshops. After completing their training, the first docent group hosted a successful event at the museum in which they shared their knowledge to the community. In addition to the growing role it plays in promoting the region’s rich culture to residents and visitors alike, TRDP docents have revitalised the museum and will expand to the Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy in 2017/2018. Open-minded youths with a solid grasp of culture and history, the docents lead museum tours today, but may be the social, cultural, and political leaders of tomorrow.