People will soon be able to tour the Doukhobor Discovery Centre virtually. Photo: Jennifer Small

People will soon be able to tour the Doukhobor Discovery Centre virtually. Photo: Jennifer Small

Doukhobor Discovery Centre to be showcased at entrepreneur summit in Germany

Company will show off its virtual museum tours, including the DDC

Submitted by Doukhobor Discovery Centre

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre (DDC) has joined The VR Voyage Classroom community. Over the last year, technology startup Forager Education and the BC Museums Association (BCMA) collaborated on the development of a platform that connects the province’s natural and cultural heritage with B.C. classrooms.

The DDC has joined this innovative new platform to share their story with a larger audience of teachers, classrooms, and schools across British Columbia and the world.

The VR Voyage Classroom will have the spotlight on an international stage in October. It was named one of the official delegates for the 2022 G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (YEA) Summit in Germany.

“We are excited to forge a new path forward through the pandemic,” said DDC director Ryan Dutchak. “Learning from the adaptations that other organizations made, we can collaborate as a sector through the help of the BCMA and Forager Education.”

With the platform fully launching in September 2022, Forager Education and its production partners are developing new in-person programs and educational experiences that utilize the latest in distance education and virtual reality trends. Creating programs to be enjoyed on-site or from any corner of B.C. and the globe allows stories to be shared beyond the limits of our community.

Dutchak says, “COVID caused us to rethink how we operate and further our mandate. With fewer physical visitors, we had to explore new technologies to support our operations and ensure our story continued to be told.”

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The G20 YEA Summit coincides with the annual G20 Summit where young entrepreneurs from G20 nations present novel business models to create a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem. Forager Education, as an official Canadian delegate, provides a platform to showcase what B.C.’s heritage sector is doing to build a stronger future together.

Forager Education is innovating the way curriculum-connected programming is developed by institutions and experienced by students. Working with a network of Indigenous, cultural, scientific, and artistic partners, they are creating a new era of experiential learning for in-class and distance learning.

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre is dedicated to sharing Canada’s multicultural heritage through preserving the historic cultural heritage of the Doukhobor people in a traditional communal village setting. The Centre is home to over 1,600 artifacts that illuminate the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Doukhobor peoples in Russia and Canada.

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