A jaunt to the Elephanta Caves or Worli fort could well be a part of the school timetable in the city’s CBSE schools this year.
Aiming to inculcate a sense of pride and responsibility in children towards heritage structures, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) last week announced January 12 as Heritage Day in CBSE schools.
Students up to class 10 can participate in and be graded on any of the heritage–related activities as part of the board’s Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Scheme (See Box).
“By designating a special day, it’s a clear message to students to look after their heritage,” said Vrinda Malse, principal of Navy Children School at Navy Nagar. Students will visit the nearby Afghan Church and other heritage military buildings in the neighbourhood after taking the oath in school.
“Children should know that our country has as many beautiful structures as any European country. It is important to catch them young,” she said.
Schools will mark the day with students taking the board’s prescribed oath.
“I am proud of the rich culture and heritage of India. I will respect all monuments which are part of the country’s heritage,” reads part of the text in the latest CBSE circular.
Apart from planning a trip to the nearby Vashi fort, the Apeejay School at Kharghar will introduce history quizzes and essay writing events on heritage structures in the new academic year beginning April.
At the RN Podar School, Santacruz, students will work on projects pertaining to monuments and even act as student guides at these sites.
“The new suggestions in the curriculum are very exciting,” said principal Avnita Bir. “Such activities are hands-on, and heritage becomes relevant when it becomes a part of students’ lives.”