Donning the role of heritage protectors, school children armed with broomsticks and dustbins descended on the Red Fort on Sunday and lent their services to clean up the monument.
The children gathered under the umbrella of the Archaeological Survey of India and made a symbolic contribution to conservation.
The event was organised to mark the World Heritage Day, and a Sunday did not appear to be a dampener to the zeal of the children.
“We realise the importance of our rich heritage and the need to conserve it, and this is a symbolic gesture from our part. We hope to take this awareness beyond the realms of our school,” said Sumedha, a student of the Tagore International School.
Some carrying broomsticks and dustbins, and others displaying posters, the children also supported by some college students took a tour around the 17th century monument.
“There is no better way to spread awareness about heritage conservation than to invest in children who are our future,” said K. K. Muhammad, Chief Superintendent Archaeologist ASI Delhi Circle.
Keywords: Heritage monument