In a bid to stress the importance of heritage conservation, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked affiliate schools to draw up ‘Heritage Education Programme’ for students of Class 1 to Class 10.
CBSE has come up with an ‘Adopt a Heritage Scheme’ where the students are supposed to adopt a heritage building in their neighbourhood and take every measure to protect and create awareness about it. CBSE said organising such activities would help students score better in their continuous and comprehensive evaluation in social science.
As part of the programme, every school will prepare an annual plan of action comprising activities and projects for students. “We believe that heritage studies are an integral part of the learning process,” said Vinnet Joshi, board chairman.
Last week, CBSE had issued a circular on the website (http://cbse.nic.in) asking schools to fill up a questionnaire on the heritage conservation related activities taking place in every school. Schools have till November 20 to fill it and based on the answers CBSE will prepare a plan of action for every school. According to the circular, schools can conduct heritage walks in historical areas of cities, visits to museums and nature sites and undertake research projects.
However, schools feel that it would be difficult to fit this in with so many other extra curricular activities. “It is a wonderful programme but with so many activities lined up we will have to figure out how to include heritage education,” said Deepshikha Shrivastav, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri.