The MACO works in synergy with our local institutions in particular with schools of all levels, organizing courses and workshops. Our guided tours offer teachers and their students educational itineraries which help to raise awareness of various aspects of Asian art and culture. Currently we are planning a new series of tours and exhibitions entitled “Beyond the Jade Gate: A Silk Road Pilgrimage”. This project will explore the first encounters between Western and Eastern civilizations, retracing the intrepid journeys of early Buddhist pilgrims and the adventures of the first Western explorers at the turn of the last century. The MACO adopts an experiential and multiform approach to its educational programs, employing modern pedagogical techniques and methods such as guided explorations, storytelling and dramatizations, including music and dance. We also pride ourselves on introducing new technology to our visitors, as part of our contemporary communications strategy.