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Interactive Heritage Programmes

Students Corner   Write Comment 23rd November, 2012

School / University: DPS Rohini School

GH4/57 Paschim Vihar Paschim Vihar - Delhi - (India)

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Interactive Heritage ProgrammesHeritage is about everything that we have inherited. To comprehend this message, children need to understand heritage through people and stories. The moment we place a sense of belonging vis--vis heritage, it becomes ours and not theirs. Thus, education follows.Schools specifically need to orient students through interactive heritage programmes so that they learn to be sensitive to our legacy and tradition. Further, heritage needs to be looked at as an interdisciplinary source of knowledge, which can enrich the curriculum. Schools need to move beyond books and classrooms and experiment with indigenous resources and modes of learning. For example, Baolis can be a resource for learning about water harvesting; kite flying can become a resource for understanding professions, science, wind energy, and more. Heritage is not only about rulers and dynasties, but also about common people and women.Heritage has the scope of sustained engagement at all levels, penetrating the superficial boundaries of subjects and streams. Non-conventional study modules should be designed, which in turn, would cater to holistic learning needs. Special components can be designed for children with varying disabilities, to bring them into the mainstream as an integrated whole.India is a country, where heritage can be a great unifier as well as a divider. The challenge of schools is to use heritage as a connect amongst people and to embed it into learning at the school level so that it becomes a part of every students DNA. Besides, to sensitise students, we first need to sensitise school teachers.In order to make this possible, schools should devise a mechanism to ensure one study tour of each kind monument based, museum based, theme based, etc in each academic year; ensure interaction with a local resource person, a subject expert or anyone who can narrate his/her experience with the children; ensure follow-up of the learning by doing a socially useful project in collaboration with the local families, authorities, etc.Information gathered from Internet from Click Here